Akihabara News (Tokyo) — AirX, in partnership with Mizushima Aero & Space Industry Cluster Study Group (MASC) and CTI Engineering, has been selected by Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe city to receive a subsidy for flying cars and eVTOLs.
This initiative, named the Demonstration Project Utilising Flying Cars in the Osaka Bay Area: Creating Aerial Tourism,” has the goal of positioning Hyogo and Kobe as trailblazers in “aerial tourism” through the utilisation of eVTOLs.
Its central focus lay in rigorous technical verification, encompassing critical aspects such as safety of operations, environmental impact assessments, and a thorough validation of tourism-related services.
The size of the public subsidy to be granted was not revealed. The region is moving quickly toward the social integration of eVTOLs, with the 2025 World Expo in Osaka serving as a prominent milestone.
AirX aims to play a pivotal role in this endeavour, specialising in the procurement and sales of next-generation aircraft, including eVTOLs. Their offerings extend to helicopter sightseeing and charter services, complemented by the development of sophisticated systems for reservation management and flight operations.
This collaboration aims to revolutionise transportation and tourism while addressing modern urban challenges, underscoring a commitment to pioneering innovations in air mobility.
In January 2022, EHang announced a pre-order of 50 units of its EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) from AirX, which is the biggest order the company has received in Japan.