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eVTOL companies from Canada, US looking to set up units in India: Jyotiraditya Scindia

eVTOL aircraft uses electric power to take off, hover and land vertically. It normally carries only a few passengers

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Several electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) companies from the United States and Canada are interested in setting up units in India, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said on May 10. An e-VTOL aircraft uses electric power to hover, take off and land vertically.

Addressing the “Experience Studio on Drones” event along with Niti Aayog chairman Amitabh Kant, the minister said eVTOL aircraft were being used by the air force and defence forces of the US and Canada. “They are being used as transport aircraft-six seaters and eight seaters, the next step will be FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification,” Scindia said, referring to the US’ civil aviation regulatory authority. “We have a number of eVTOL players from Canada and the US that are interested in setting up production centres.”

Certain infrastructure needs to be in place for eVTOLs. “That has to become a reality in India,” he added.

According to reports, an Israeli startup recently introduced its full-scale protoype of an eVTOL, which is intended to be used as a personal flying car.

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