The Bell Air Taxi Takes Uber Elevate Attendees For A Ride

Last week, Bell arrived in Los Angeles and showed innovators - big and small – the future of on-demand mobility. From other industry partners to curious students, the #BellAirTaxi virtual reality experience gave everyone a glimpse into the future of flight.  

To start off a successful week, the Bell team went to the KIPP Academy of Innovation. The students experienced the virtual reality experience of using an air taxi, one that will be their new normal very soon. “Any opportunity to interact with students is always a rewarding experience for our team,” said Scott Drennan, Director, Innovation, at Bell. “They are the future innovators that will use these air taxis and continue developing this technology.”

During the Summit, representing Bell, Executive Vice President, Michael Thacker, presented a keynote speech about this experience, emphasizing how the Bell Air Taxi will alleviate work commutes and other traffic congested travel. Chief Pilot, Jeff Greenwood, spoke to the intricacies of flying new innovations on the “Speaker Series: A Simplified Cockpit Experience.”

Bell representatives were present on other panels, as well. Drennan also participated in the panel “Design Experts - Lessons Learned the "Hard"ware-way”, where he shared an engineer’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities these new aircraft will provide.

As a current on-demand mobility expert, Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi visited the Bell Air Taxi experience and enjoyed virtual views from above.

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About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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