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Vermont-based Beta Technologies is continuing to check off milestones in its flight test program, recently announcing a successful flight on June 23 using its Alia-250 electric aircraft.
Conducted in conventional take-off and landing mode, the aircraft flew between two Amazon Air Hubs in Northern Kentucky and Ohio region — it was the first time the eVTOL company flew between Amazon facilities.
Carefully documented by the Vertical Flight Society, Beta recently made a significant two-part cross-country flight, completing a 1,400-mile (2,250-kilometer) journey across six states.
The Alia took off at its flight test center in northern New York last month and travelled across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas over several days, recharging its batteries along the way using its own charging infrastructure. Its aircraft was then displayed at the UP.Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, earlier this month.
“Over the past year, we’ve significantly expanded our flight test program to include market survey flights with customers, conducting several successful real-life missions,” stated Kyle Clark, founder and CEO of Beta. “Flights like these are not just an exciting and informative step forward for our program, but they also prove the viability of electric aviation and show that this technology is capable of operating with the variables of cross-country flying and in the national airspace system.”
The company has been conducting its cross-country flight tests with its Alia aircraft configured as a conventional fixed-wing. A company spokesperson told eVTOL.com that a second Alia prototype configured for VTOL flights is also being tested at its facility in Burlington, Vermont, but Beta hasn’t set a timeline for when it plans to complete first transition flights.