A Duxford firm is aiming to ‘revolutionise’ aerial sightseeing with a low-noise twin- engine electric aircraft that would operate from small airfields close to major cities like London and New York. The company, FLIMAX, is developing the piloted five-seat aircraft after winning a Royal Aeronautical Society design award, and has announced a target operational date of 2028 for its design.

In a press release, the firm said that ‘Post-Covid, people want to sightsee in smaller groups and stay away from crowds’ and that given pollution and noise restrictions the future of aerial sightseeing is tied to sustainable flying. In addition, the company said that ‘Four operators are already planning to purchase twenty [of our] aircraft’.