Via The Royal Gazette |
Airis Aerospace has designed an all-electric, five-seat aircraft that takes off and lands vertically. The company hopes that with sufficient funding from investors its AirisOne vehicle can reach the market by 2025.
Mr Narraway has a background in new technologies, and is consultant for emerging technologies at the Bermuda Business Development Agency.
AirisOne has been in development since the second half of last year after peer-to-peer ride-sharing company Uber announced its Elevate flying car programme. Uber plans to have an aerial taxi service by 2020. Around the world there are about 20 companies developing flying car plans, including Boeing, Airbus, and a number of small start-ups.
In Bermuda, Airis Aerospace has an office on Cedar Avenue, while its design centre is in Duluth, Minnesota. It is designing the AirisOne with a view to participating in ride-sharing air taxi programmes.
For the first time in the history of aviation, the various technologies required to make eVTOL [electric vertical take-off and landing] a reality are converging into a safe, viable and efficient combination, said Mr Narraway, co-founder and chief executive officer of Airis.
The industry is poised to accelerate exponentially from here and we are pleased to be at the pioneering stage for this new and exciting mode of urban transportation.