BETA Technologies, an aerospace company specializing in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology and recharging pad technology, has been granted $78,742.50 by the Department of Economic Development’s Vermont Training Program.
The grant will allow the startup company to train staff in critical areas. Specifically, funding will support aviation safety courses; pilot and flight instructor training; advanced software training; and industrial high voltage electrical distribution system training.
BETA Technologies is headquartered in South Burlington. The company is working to improve their aircraft prototype to create a commercial platform for electric-powered aviation, critical to lessening the airline industry’s contributions to climate pollution.
“The Vermont Training Program award supports critical system flight test and advanced flight training for both our engineering staff and our test pilots,” said BETA Technologies President, Kyle Clark. “This training will enhance flight safety and staff efficiency as we advance the development of our next generation, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing, long range aircraft.”
“Electric aviation is one of the most exciting innovations in the aerospace sector,” said Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Michael Schirling. “BETA Technologies is a prime example of the type of cutting edge, forward-thinking, and innovative companies that can call Vermont home. It is important to support the growth of this world-class aircraft technology here in Vermont.”