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eVTOL Aircraft in Washington
  • 22 Nov 2023 07:00 AM
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eVTOL Aircraft in Washington

Sidebar to the article, "eVTOL Leaders Continue to Build Momentum," Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2023

The Archer Midnight mockup with (L-R): Archer CCO Nikhil Goel, Archer CEO Adam Goldstein and FAA Nominee Michael Whitaker (Archer photo)

The US Chamber of Congress hosted a Global Aerospace Summit on Sept. 12–13 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The summit featured mockups of Wisk’s Generation 6 and Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft. The event was the first-ever public display of the Archer Midnight in the United States, the company said in an Aug. 30 press release. Visitors including Michael Whitaker, who has been nominated as the next Administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It was also the first time in four years that eVTOL aircraft have made an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Building, the last time being the 2019 Uber Elevate conference (see “Uber Elevate Touches Down in DC,” Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2019).

The theme of the Summit was “Innovating the Skies, Connecting the World,” and it featured discussions on a range of issues facing aviation. One panel discussion on eVTOL aircraft and the future of air mobility occurred on the first day of the event and featured Dr. Brian Yutko, CEO of Wisk, and Kyle Clark, Founder and CEO of Beta Technologies; Justin Towles, President of Crown Consulting, led the discussion. A second panel, this one addressing the US manufacturing leadership of eVTOL aircraft, included Archer’s CEO Adam Goldstein and Chief Safety Officer Billy Nolen, formerly the Acting FAA Administrator.

Other panels included one featuring Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, who spoke of the company’s efforts to use hydrogen to reduce carbon emissions.

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