A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Air-taxi startup Beta Technologies debuted its new aircraft Friday with a dramatic helicopter airlift of the sleek white model across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, to Plattsburgh, New York. Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about…

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