Beta in the news

  • 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 the tricky aerodynamics of small, electrified, vertical-lift flight. read more
    Source: Wired Published on: 2020-06-12 Story: Eric Adams Photo: Eric Adams
  • BETA advances with US Air Force Agility Prime

    The Air Force announced on May 29 that BETA has advanced to the third phase of an innovative capabilities opening(ICO) that was released in February through Agility Prime, the Air Force’s initiative to accelerate development of the commercial eVTOL industry. read more
    Source: eVTOL Published on: 2020-05-30 Story: eVTOL Photo: BETA
  • A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

    Beta Technologies’ prototype helipad and base station for electric air taxis could also help route emergency supplies in a crisis… read more
    Source: Wired Published on: 2020-03-29 Story: Eric Adams Photo: Eric Adams
  • Flying Car Leaders Talk Public Perception at a Secret Summit

    In the few short years that the modern electric air taxi movement has been gestating—launching in earnest with Uber’s October 2016 proposal for such a service—attention has swirled around the key technological and policy hurdles… read more
    Source: Wired Published on: 2019-12-04 Story and photo: Eric Adams
  • Cracking the Devilish Aerodynamics of Newfangled Flying Cars

    As he hovered 50 feet above the runway in Plattsburgh, New York, Kyle Clark suddenly had a distinct sinking feeling. A literal one. He had full control just moments before, but his electric, eight-rotor aircraft was dropping fast. read more
    Source: Wired Published on: 2019-03-12 Story and photo: Eric Adams
  • Behind the controls of an eVTOL aircraft: A test pilot’s perspective

    Kyle Clark is an aviation pioneer. That’s not simply because his Burlington, Vermont-based company, Beta Technologies, is among the dozens racing to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft large enough to serve a useful commercial purpose. It is, instead, because he’s one of the handful of people in the world who has actually flown one. read more
    Source: Vertical Magazine. Published on: 2019-02-07