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Quantum XYZ is seeking to use SureFly’s eight-rotor hybrid ‘octocopters’ to launch an air taxi service in Los Angeles.
SureFly, a subsidiary of US technology company Workhorse, is currently pursuing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Quantum intends to submit an application to become a FAA-certified urban VTOL air carrier.
The company’s president, Tony Thompson, says: “Once SureFly receives FAA Type certification, we feel that together, Quantum and SureFly will be in a position to bring the first urban VTOL air service to market." The companies are not the only ones to enter the air taxi space. In Singapore, Volocopter is to trial its air taxis in urban environments in the second half of 2019. The initiative is expected to lead to public demonstration flights