Vertical Aerospace and Babcock International explore new VX4 variants

Ver­ti­cal Aero­space has part­nered with Bab­cock Inter­na­tion­al to explore new appli­ca­tions of its VX4 eVTOL air­craft for estab­lished air­line cus­tomers includ­ing Vir­gin Atlantic, air­craft lessors such as Avolon, and heli­copter and tourism oper­a­tors such as Bris­tow and Ibero­jet.

Ver­ti­cal and Bab­cock will set up a joint work­ing group to explore how to use the VX4 in aer­i­al emer­gency med­ical ser­vices (EMS) and car­go trans­porta­tion to reduce their car­bon impact at low­er over­all cost.

The pilot­ed zero oper­at­ing emis­sions four-pas­sen­ger VX4 is capa­ble of trav­el­ling over 100 miles at a top speed over 200mph, while pro­duc­ing min­i­mal noise.

Bab­cock has over thir­ty-five years of expe­ri­ence in EMS, and is the largest sin­gle oper­a­tor deliv­er­ing heli­copter EMS in the UK, reduc­ing med­ical response time and sav­ing lives, but also sig­nif­i­cant­ly min­imis­ing the long-term effects of injuries.

The group will review how to use the VX4 for attend­ing acci­dents and pro­vid­ing emer­gency trans­port between hos­pi­tals and will also explore how eVTOL may be expand­ed in the future to sup­port the armed forces with medi­um range logis­tics deliv­ery and casu­al­ty evac­u­a­tion ser­vices.

Ver­ti­cal Aero­space founder & CEO Stephen Fitz­patrick said: “Emer­gency ser­vices and logis­tics sec­tors must respond and adapt to cli­mate change and we will sup­port Bab­cock as a trust­ed provider of emer­gency response ser­vices in their efforts to decar­bonise their oper­a­tions.”

Bab­cock man­ag­ing direc­tor of UK Avi­a­tion Phil Craig added: “Part­ner­ing with Ver­ti­cal Aero­space not only enables us to har­ness our exten­sive dig­i­tal exper­tise across Bab­cock, but also our rep­u­ta­tion as a trust­ed main­te­nance, repair and over­haul (MRO) provider with a high­ly skilled work­force.

“We are com­mit­ted to reduc­ing our car­bon foot­print and this part­ner­ship is an excit­ing step into the world of elec­tric air­crafts, which will allow us to under­stand how it can deliv­er crit­i­cal care and logis­ti­cal sup­port in chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ments at zero emis­sions.”

In April, the Euro­pean Union Avi­a­tion Safe­ty Agency (EASA) agreed to con­cur­rent­ly val­i­date the UK CAA’s cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Ver­ti­cal Aerospace’s VX4 eVTOL air­craft.

In Feb­ru­ary, Ver­ti­cal Aero­space agreed a joint devel­op­ment pro­gramme with Leonar­do to design, test, man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply a car­bon com­pos­ite fuse­lage for Vertical’s VX4 eVTOL air­craft.

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