Lusby, Maryland, USA
HopFlyt was founded on December 6, 2016 and is developing a canard style, variable incidence channel wing design aircraft that is electrically powered. The HopFlyt 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. It features tandem wings and eight electric power plants.
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 total aircraft control while reducing complexity, total parts count and weight. The eight wing channels house electrically-powered, contra-rotating propellers that provide the thrust for hover, transition and forward flight regimes. The channel wing contra-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 Maryland, USA on 6 December 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.
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.
HopFlyt Characteristics (updated January 2018)
|Weight||1,800 lbs||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 nautical miles||185 km|
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- HopFlyt LinkedIn Page
- Article: American startup HopFlyt developed an electric arched wing airtaxi
- Article: HopFlyt Channels the Custer Channel Wing