Boeing autonomous passenger air vehicle completes first flight


Boeing last week successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia.

Boeing NeXt, which leads the company's urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the safety and reliability of on-demand autonomous air transportation. Boeing says future launches will test forward wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes, typically the most significant engineering challenge for any high-speed VTOL aircraft.With an electric propulsion system, the prototype, at 9.14m (30ft 9in) long and 8.5m (28ft) wide, is designed for autonomous flight from take-off to landing, with a range of 80.5km (50 mi).