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Zeva is moving to prototype a second-generation version of its radically different take on eVTOL flight. The Z2 remains a tail-sitting flying saucer that flies a single person head-first at high speeds, but the new model makes some practical changes.

Zeva’s approach might look a tad scary from the passenger perspective, and indeed, the experience of flying belly-down, Superman-style will certainly not be for everyone, but there’s a practical purpose behind it. This tail-sitting design is one of the few small, single-pilot eVTOLs capable of achieving fast, efficient horizontal flight, and it does so without any of the complexity of tilting propulsion systems.

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