Air taxis may soon fill the skies of Orlando, Florida, as a German airline is seeking tax incentives from the city to build a 56,000-square-foot transportation hub with take off and landing area.
Lilium GmbH plans to bring its five-passenger flying vehicles to the Lake Nona community, which will be the starting point for building a massive transportation network across the country.
The facility, which has a total investment of $ 25 million, will also create 143 new jobs in 2025, the scheduled date of operation.
The air plane takes off vertically and is powered by 36 all-electric motors. It is said: It is quieter than a helicopter at takeoff six to seven times.
Lilium GmbH is in talks with city officials about tax incentives to build the mega transportation hub, which it plans to open within five years.
Given that the project will create 143 high-paying jobs in the region, the German company is asking for a tax deduction of $ 831250 over nine years, according to reports by the Orlando Business Journal.
Lilium GmbH reports that employees working at the center will earn an average annual salary of $ 66,451, which is higher than the average annual salary for an urban area of $ 46,140.
According to the city, the facility could generate $ 1.7 million to the economy in a period of 10 years.
“This development we’re moving into is a more connected way for us to look at the leadership of intelligence within our city, leadership efficiency and quality of life,” said (Chris Castro), Orlando Director of Sustainability and Resilience.
Air taxis were first created by Lilium GmbH in 2013, but they were officially unveiled via a working aviation vehicle in 2019.
The spacecraft has two wings installed and one main wing in the rear, with a “canard” wing in the front. To enable the plane to move vertically and horizontally, the team used a concept called Thrust Vectoring, which is a common method for space missiles and combat aircraft.
In space, Lilium GmbH said, you can’t rely on ailerons to steer the plane, and you can instead change direction by adapting the angle of thrust that it generates.
The company’s team notes that air taxis are able to vary the rotational speed (number of revolutions per minute) and the angle of the three engines to reach an accurate trajectory.
According to the company, its vehicle is able to travel 186 miles on a single charge, but the transportation network in Orlando will carry passengers on trips no more than 12 miles.