Wisk Aero reveals its market-ready, self-flying air taxi



Wisk Aero Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle company Wisk Aero has unveiled its four-passenger autonomous air taxi that it will put forward for Federal Aviation Administration type certification. The four-passenger vehicle, designed by Wisk Aero, has a cruising speed of 120 knots, 90-mile range, and nearly 50-foot wingspan. The aircraft has six front rotors, each with five blades that tilt either horizontally or vertically, and has a nearly 50-foot wingspan.


Wisk Aero Electric Vertical Ackoff and Landing(EVTOL)車両会社Wisk Aeroは、連邦航空局タイプの認定のために提案する4人乗りの自律航空タクシーを発表しました。Wisk Aeroが設計した4人乗りの車両は、120ノットの巡航速度、90マイルの範囲、50フィート近くの翼幅を獲得しています。航空機には6つのフロントローターがあり、それぞれに水平または垂直に傾斜した5つのブレードがあり、50フィート近くの翼幅を備えています。


cameraImage Credits: Wisk Aero Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle company Wisk Aero has unveiled its go-to-market aircraft: a four-passenger autonomous air taxi that the startup will put forward for U.S.

カメライメージクレジット:ウィスクエアロエレクトリック垂直離陸および着陸(EVTOL)車両会社Wisk Airaは、市場に行く航空機を発表しました。

Federal Aviation Administration type certification.


Type certification, one of the three certifications an aviation company needs to secure before launching a commercial service, means the aircraft has to meet all of the FAA’s design and safety standards.


To be able to launch its air taxis as a service, Wisk will also need to earn a production certification, which is the approval to begin manufacturing its eVTOL, and an air carrier certification.


In May, eVTOL competitor Joby Aviation received its air carrier certification, which will help the startup reach its stated goal of launching an air taxi service in 2024. Wisk will likely come across more hurdles than Joby in getting its eVTOLs to market.

5月、EVTOLの競合他社であるJoby Aviationは、航空会社の認定を受けました。これにより、スタートアップが2024年に航空タクシーサービスを開始するという述べられた目標を達成するのに役立ちます。Wiskは、EVTOLを市場に出す際にJobyよりも多くのハードルに出くわすでしょう。

The startup, a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk, Google co-founder Larry Page’s moonshot company that recently closed down, is pursuing a self-flying-first approach, which Wisk says is the key to reaching scale in the broader advanced air mobility (AAM) industry.


As such, the Generation 6 eVTOL unveiled Monday is designed to be supervised by humans, who will take over the vehicle during flight when necessary, the company said in a statement.

そのため、月曜日に発表されたジェネレーション6 EVTOLは、必要に応じて飛行中に車両を引き継ぐ人間によって監督されるように設計されています、と同社は声明で述べています。

The aircraft’s design features six front rotors, each with five blades that tilt either horizontally or vertically.


The six rear rotors have two blades each and are fixed in a vertical position.


In terms of performance, Wisk’s Gen 6 aircraft, building off the lessons from the previous five generations, has a cruising speed of 120 knots, a 90-mile range, can reach altitudes of 2,500 to 4,000 feet and has a nearly 50-foot wingspan.

パフォーマンスに関しては、以前の5世代からレッスンを建設するウィスクのGen 6航空機は、120ノットの巡航速度、90マイルの範囲で、2,500〜4,000フィートの高度に達し、50フィート近くの翼幅を持っています。。

The vehicle can carry four passengers comfortably with “ample storage” for luggage and personal carry-on items, the company said.


The interior passenger cabin of Wisk Aero’s Generation 6 eVTOL is designed to seat four passengers comfortably, with room for luggage. Image Credit: Wisk Aero The interior is meant to mimic automotive design, with plenty of visibility, comfy seats and amenities like Wi-Fi and charging.

Wisk Aeroの世代6 EVTOLのインテリアパッセンジャーキャビンは、荷物の余地がある4人の乗客を快適に座らせるように設計されています。画像クレジット:ウィスクエアロインテリアは、自動車設計を模倣することを目的としています。多くの視認性、快適な座席、Wi-Fiや充電などのアメニティを備えています。

It’s not clear what Wisk’s go-to-market strategy actually is or when it expects to begin passenger trials; Wisk did not immediately respond to TechCrunch’s requests for comment.


However, in January, when Wisk secured $450 million from Boeing, the company said it intends to operate one of the industry’s largest AAM fleets across 20 cities within five years of certification of its 6th-generation aircraft.


The company said its Gen 6 aircraft is “designed to be a service for everyone, with a price target of $3 per passenger, per mile.” To put that into perspective, an air taxi flight from a vertiport — a structure where eVTOLs will take off and land — in New York City off the Lincoln Tunnel to John F.

同社は、Gen 6航空機は「1マイルあたり1マイルあたり3ドルの価格目標があるすべての人のサービスになるように設計されている」と述べた。それを視野に入れるために、ニューヨーク市のリンカーントンネルからジョンFまでのニューヨーク市のヴェルティポートからの航空タクシー飛行 – エブトールが離陸して着陸する構造 – 。

Kennedy International Airport in Queens would set you back around $60 and probably take around seven minutes at a speed of 120 knots.


If Wisk is to be believed, that’s a small price to pay to avoid sitting in an hour of traffic and paying for surge pricing with Uber or Lyft.