Vertical Aerospace has moved a step closer to the resumption of flight testing, relocating its latest VX4 prototype to its test facility at Cotswold airport in Kemble.

Flight testing of the electric vertical take-off and landing VX4 has been on hold since the first prototype was written off in an August crash while performing an uncrewed sortie at Kemble.

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Flight testing of eVTOL VX4 should resume later this quarter

Vertical has been assembling the “second-generation” aircraft at the Global Technology Centre of partner GKN Aerospace in Bristol, southwest England.

It says the new prototype – transported as separate wing and fuselage sections – has now arrived at Cotswold airport.

“Over the coming weeks, the final build and commissioning will take place before the new aircraft is handed over to the flight-test team,” says Vertical. It previously said flight testing would resume in the second quarter.

Before the VX4 can get airborne, initially performing tethered flights with a pilot on board, Vertical must first secure a permit to fly from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Piloted tests will continue through the spring and summer and will include hover and thrust-borne flight phases.