Bellwether Volar eVTOL: Semi-Scale Aircraft Successfully Passes First Flight Tests

Volar eVTOL

Anoth­er aer­i­al solu­tion, which first became known two months ago, has already man­aged to attract close atten­tion of all who breathe uneven­ly to portable air vehi­cles designed to increase human mobil­i­ty in urban con­di­tions, which, judg­ing by the rapid devel­op­ment of sim­i­lar projects (Ehang 216; Jet­son One; Speed­er; Sky­Drive SD-03 eVTOL; Cyclo­gy­ro; Copter­Pack and oth­ers) will soon become com­mon­place in all major met­ro­pol­i­tan areas.

semi-scale aircraft successfully passed the first flight tests

Bell­wether Volar eVTOL.

Recent­ly, the British com­pa­ny Bell­wether Indus­tries pub­lished footage of the first flight test of a half-scale pro­to­type of its lat­est Volar eVTOL air­craft. Flight tests took place in Dubai in Novem­ber 2021, where Volar flew at a height of 4 meters at a speed of 40 kilo­me­ters per hour. Bell­wether said the flight test is the start of a series of pro­to­type devel­op­ment projects. The com­pa­ny is cur­rent­ly work­ing on the next iter­a­tion of the Volar eVTOL and is build­ing part­ner­ships.

Objective of the project

Bell­wether’s goal is to devel­op a pri­vate urban air­craft with a hid­den pow­er plant. The eVTOL devel­op­er said the final full-scale mod­el will be capa­ble of car­ry­ing four to five peo­ple, fly­ing at alti­tudes of up to 915 meters and reach­ing speeds of up to 220 km/h.

semi-scale aircraft successfully passed the first flight tests

The release of the flight test videos com­pletes the com­pa­ny’s announce­ment last month that it has com­plet­ed a year of indoor teth­ered fly­ing and con­duct­ed its first flight test in Dubai. The com­pa­ny’s eVTOL design has attract­ed sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic atten­tion in a short peri­od of time, mak­ing the Bell­wether project one of the most talked about in 2021.

About the developer

Bell­wether Indus­tries is a peo­ple-cen­tric UAM com­pa­ny found­ed in Lon­don in Jan­u­ary 2019. The main goal of the devel­op­er is to pro­vide the most inter­op­er­a­ble urban air mobil­i­ty (UAM; Urban Air Mobil­i­ty) solu­tion for intra-city trav­el with a safe, effi­cient and com­fort­able expe­ri­ence. Bell­wether Indus­tries believes that peo­ple fly­ing through the sky are inevitable in the next 10 years. And that is why they set about cre­at­ing the Volar eVTOL so that any­one can fly at any time and any­where to any­where in the metrop­o­lis.

semi-scale aircraft successfully passed the first flight tests

Bell­wether Indus­tries’ ulti­mate goal is to cre­ate an entire­ly new 3D lifestyle and lead the world towards more inclu­sive urban mobil­i­ty. The orig­i­nal Bell­wether team start­ed out in 2014. It all start­ed with the pas­sion of the founders for the inter­ac­tion between trans­port and cities. The first con­cept launched by the founders was the Gazelle hov­er­craft, which went on to become a great suc­cess and lead the team to the next stage, Bell­wether Indus­tries.

semi-scale aircraft successfully passed the first flight tests


By Yara