Lusby, Maryland, USA

The HopFlyt Venturi uses a canard style, variable incidence channel wing design aircraft that is electrically powered. The Venturi design can takeoff and land vertically and fly like a conventional aircraft during cruise. The HopFlyt mission includes reducing commuting times to increase productivity in highly congested urban areas while protecting the environment with emissions-free transportation. The goal will be to transport passengers five times faster than current methods. The design plans for a range of 200 miles or less.

The HopFlyt eVTOL aircraft design leverages advanced aviation technologies in a brand-new, patent pending aircraft configuration.  The HopFlyt aircraft pairs a canard and channel wing design with distributed electrical propulsion and variable incidence wings.  This configuration provides aircraft control while reducing complexity, total parts count and weight.  The eight wing channels house electrically-powered, counter-rotating propellers that provide the thrust for hover, transition and forward flight regimes.  The channel wing counter-rotating propeller design generates very high levels of static thrust and lift while reducing propeller noise.  Dynamically varying the wings’ angle of incidence provides for a wide allowable Center of Gravity (CG) range, which dramatically improves safety for a variety of loading configurations and enhances customer ride experience through smoother flight.

HopFlyt was founded in Lusby, Maryland, USA on Dec. 6, 2016 “with a vision to challenge traditional aviation boundaries with its advanced aerospace technologies in order to improve transportation effectiveness and reduce transportation pollution. The HopFlyt design will transport passengers up to five-times faster by flying them over traffic in congested urban areas.”

In late 2017, HopFlyt was selected for the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program. The company began its partnership with the University of Maryland aerospace department in Jan. 2018 for flight dynamics model development and flight control software development.

HopFlyt is using a combination of small scale models, computational fluid dynamics and simulation to prove out the concepts and develop the software for flight control and distributed propulsion. First flight of the scale model was in Dec. 2017.

HopFlyt Characteristics (updated January 2018)

Weight 1,800 lb 815 kg
Wingspan 26 ft 8 m
Length 24 ft 7 m
Number of channels 8
Number of passengers 4
Cruise speed 120 knots 220 kph
Range 100 nm 185 km