DFW Airport signs deal with aircraft manufacturer to explore future of Air Taxis in Texas

3D rendering of flying car flying over a city
3D rendering of flying car flying over a city Photo credit Getty Images/Kinwun

We’ve heard stories about flying cars ever since we were kids, but nobody has been able to figure out a feasible way to make it happen.  But DFW Airport could be the first.

DFW International Airport recently announced a “memorandum of understanding” with California aircraft manufacturer Overair to examine the future of eVTOL, electric vertical takeoff and landing, aircraft and its “potential operations in Dallas-Fort Worth.”

Valerie Manning, chief commercial officer of Overair, said DFW “was the ideal partner to start the partnership.”  Manning told the Dallas Morning News, “It was amazing how much pull there was and interest from the North Texas stakeholders, and DFW in particular was like, ‘We definitely see this as the future.  We want to be part of it.’”

DFW Airport and Overair will now work together to figure out what the airport will need to do to its operations, like approach, landing, taxiing, charging, loading and unloading of passengers, takeoff, departure and safety, in order to implement the program in the future.

Manning said however that it will take years for the program to launch fully.  She mentioned a ton of issues that need to be addressed, including training requirements for pilots and other regulations with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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