BETA Technologies Receives Vermont Training Program Grant

24 April 2019

BETA Technologies Receives Vermont Training Program Grant

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – 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.”

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About the Vermont Training Program

The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers; grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost which can either be on-site or through a training provider/vendor.  For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp.

About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/. 

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