ISRAEL - Urban Transportation Takes to the Skies

Arno Froese

Urban Aeronautics (UA), a leading Israeli aerospace company is revolutionizing the future of urban mobility. The company designed and is currently developing car-sized aircraft that will provide safe and rapid transport via seamless city integration.

“Our vision,” says Haran Ben-Eliahou, Urban Aeronautic’s vice president, “is to create a vehicle for urban mobility. Everything is compact and enclosed within the vehicle to allow for safe transportation and the ability to land on any rooftop or available city corner.”

Ben-Eliahou explains that the primary use cases for VTOL aircraft are providing shuttle service between airports and city centers and serving as medical air ambulances to transport accident victims. “There are many places that helicopters cannot access and with a Cityhawk, you can save lives by arriving sooner than a regular ambulance.”

Cities around the world including LA, Vancouver, Singapore, Paris, and London, are taking their first steps towards implementing this revolutionary aviation with commercial flights expected by as early as 2025.

In just five years, thousands of VTOL aircraft worldwide will be shuttling passengers from airports to city centers. The infrastructure required for these devices, suggests Ben-Eliahou, will be more of a limiting factor than the aircraft itself.

Urban Aeronautics has partnered with some of the leading names in the aerospace industry, including Boeing and Safran, the French aerospace component firm, with plans to receive FAA approval and be fully certified by 2026.

“Developing an aircraft takes time, but our plans are in place,” says Ben-Eliahou. “Our extensive experience with staff who have worked for IAI and other major commercial aviation companies, giving us a strong team to execute those plans and bring it to market.”, 3 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

The first manned flight took place on 21 November 1783, with passengers Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes. This first flight was followed by many others throughout Europe. The first, heavier-than-air flight is somewhat debatable, but in general, the Wright Brothers are credited with the invention of the airplane. Now, it seems, it is Israel’s turn again. When reading the various reports, it is quite amazing what this small nation has achieved in such a short time—threatened with destruction since 1947, after the United Nations voted to divide the land between Arab Palestinians and Jewish Palestinians. It is quite fascinating to learn that most of the planes used in 1948 were outdated remnants of WWII. Wikipedia reports: 

A variety of obsolete and surplus ex-World War II combat aircraft were quickly sourced by various means—both legal and illegal—to supplement this fleet. The backbone of the IAF consisted of 25 Avia S-199s (purchased from Czechoslovakia, essentially Czechoslovak-built Messerschmitt Bf 109s) and 60 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXEs, the first of which, “Israel 1” was locally assembled from British abandoned spare parts and a salvaged engine from an Egyptian Spitfire with most of the rest purchased from Czechoslovakia.

Interestingly, the nations which gave decisive help to the founding of Israel, such as Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, no longer exist in those forms.

Today, Israel has become a leading country, particularly in the field of military aeronautics. They are the only country in the world with repeated, practical experience using the most modern weapons since their founding in 1948. 

Today, Israel has the plans to revolutionize future urban mobility, expecting the first flight in 2025.

While this development has no prophetic significance, we nevertheless refer to the last two verses of Psalm 57: “For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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