Urban air mobility startup Bellwether Industries has released a video of a free-flight test of its half-scale eVTOL Volar model.

The company came out of stealth mode last year and made its public debut at London’s DroneX/Helitech in October and the Dubai Air Show in November. Both events were an opportunity to showcase its prototype and introduce the concept of Volar, the derivative that defines private urban air mobility aircraft for intracity travel.

Bellwether Industries completed the free-flight test of its Volar in November 2021, achieving a breakthrough in progress. It was conducted at an altitude of 13 feet with a speed of 40 kilometres per hour. The team mentioned that the test flight demonstrated stability and controllability of the prototype and would be the start of a series of development projects.

Kun-Yang (Daniel) Chen, CEO and founder at Bellwether Industries, said: “The year 2021 marked the point at which Bellwether Industries takes a great step forward and has shown our potential towards the next level. It’s an exciting moment to witness the world’s first eVTOL without a large wingspan or exposed blades come into reality.”

Volar is defined as a new category of private urban aircraft for intra-city travel. It has a hidden propulsion system, zero emissions, a very compact profile, and the ability to take off and land vertically.

The ultimate goal of Bellwether Industries is to build a brand new three-dimensional lifestyle and to lead the world toward a more comprehensive urban mobility.

Bellwether’s full-scale volar will be a 4-to-5-seater aircraft, carrying out intracity travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (915 metres) with a speed of up to 220 kilometres per hour (135 miles per hour).

When it came to the philosophy behind the product, the company has said the human-centric design is the indispensable element for Volar to live in harmony with the urban environment and become accessible to people.

The iteration of its model has been in progress and the company is beginning to expand its partnerships.

Kai-Tse (KT) Lin, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder at Bellwether Industries, added: “Our volar flies smoothly and proves our efforts that go into innovation and technology. We are confident in our volar and will strive for perfection with continuous improvement.

“We will meet you all with a brand-new image and demonstrate our bigger, more ambitious goal.”

Bellwether Industries is a human-centric UAM company founded in London in 2019. Its mission is to provide the most compatible urban air mobility solution for intra-city travels with a safe, efficient, and comfortable experience.

Starting with the invention of ‘volar’, Bellwether’s core mission is to bring urban air mobility to people’s daily lives and minimise the damage to the environment including potential physical damage and noise, and to make the most efficient use of space and time.

The team believes that people commuting in the sky is inevitable within the next 10 years. Therefore, it wants to create a volar for anyone to fly anytime and anywhere to any point.