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Come fly with me: lift-off for UK city as air taxi hub takes ...

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Come fly with me: lift-off for UK city as air taxi hub takes flight

A British start-up is betting the vehicles will be a transport solution, while lifting Coventry out of the doldrums

Christopher Jasper

Coventry has seen better days. Once known as Britain’s motor city, the settlement of about 400,000 people in England’s Midlands has been left struggling for an identity by decades of slumping vehicle output that followed widespread destruction from World War 2 bombing.

Now, however, Coventry is again at the forefront of world-leading innovation in personal mobility as it hosts what’s billed as the first fully functional hub for flying taxis, the electric-powered vertical take-off and landing craft that backers are talking up as the biggest new thing in aviation.

The site is fully functional, apart from the air taxis themselves. With the scores of proposed eVTOL models yet to win regulatory sign-off, unmanned drones are standing in for the typically five-person craft during three weeks of demonstration flights in the city. ..

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