Airborne Motorworks was founded in 2014 and is based in Spokane, Washington, USA. The company's purpose is to make electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) flying cars for advanced air mobility (AAM) and other practical delivery drones urban and rural areas. The company also specializes in developing high performance electric powertrains. The company has developed artificial intelligence software capable of providing flight training and autopilot features called iPilot™. The core of Airborne Motorworks green propulsion technology is safety, utility, thrust capacity, stability, design freedom, battery life/power and efficiency.
The Research and Development facilities of the company are located in Spokane, Washington. Initial manufacturing will take place outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Corporate management is based in the greater Houston area in Texas, close to NASA.
In planning a trip with their eVTOL aircraft, the pilot can input their destination into iPilot™ and will see a virtual roadway appear on the windshield. A dashed center line will give drivers the impression of a highway in the sky, allowing them to stay on track during the flight. Airborne Motorworks will use a combination of cameras, LiDAR, and ultrasonic sensors to provide Spherical Visibility™ around vehicles at up to 820 feet (250 meters) of range.
Autopilot enables automatic steering, acceleration and braking on virtual roadways. These sensors will detect nearby hard and soft objects when they encroach on virtual lanes and they will provide guidance when parking. All Airborne Motorworks aircraft will have hardware for self-driving with safety as a priority. iPilot™ will allow short and long distance trips with minimal assistance from the pilot. Pilots simply need to tell their aircraft where to go.
The company has also designed, manufactured and patented their Electromagnetic Gyroscopic Propulsion (EGP) system which includes a shrouded nacelle with a propeller guard which includes the propeller-fan, electric motor, gyroscope and other electronics for a powerful yet stabilized flight. The company states their shrouded propellers produce 10 times the amount of thrust than a similar sized open propeller. The propeller assembly also has a redundant motor design.
The Airborne Motorworks Genesis is a modern futuristic looking luxury two passenger eVTOL aircraft specifically made for advanced air mobility and can easily land on vertiports or in a standard parking space. The aircraft can be easily flown by a non-pilot using iPilot™ or can be flown autonomously. On each corner of the aircraft are propeller-fans used for vertical lift, forward and rearward flight, for a total of four propeller-fans.
The eVTOL's cruise speed is 155 mph (249 km/h) with a cruise altitude of 500 feet (152 meters). While the aircraft can fly higher than 500 feet, the company has limited the altitude of the aircraft through computer control for an added layer of safety for the passengers. The range and flight time of the aircraft has not been disclosed by the company as of April 2022. The aircraft is powered by battery packs.
The controls for the driver are similar to the controls found in a car so that its familiar to the driver and easy to use. In fact, the iPilot™ onboard Artificial Intelligence has made so the car will teach drivers to fly assisting drivers from their first hover to their first destination. Intuitive drivability as been built into the computers of the aircraft.
The fuselage of the aircraft is sleek with a wide front window and roof windows. The aircraft doors are a variation of scissor doors and have windows that span the entire side of each door. The aircraft interior is reminiscent of the interior of a luxury automobile. The aircraft has very comfortable cushioned bucket seats with substantial side bolstering for added support and comfort. There is a large area in the rear of the aircraft for luggage and supplies.
The aircraft lands on its fuselage making the aircraft less complex, have a lower purchase price and requires less maintenance in the field. There are also several safety features and redundant systems for the aircraft.
The company has not stated when a prototype will be flown or when they expect to see serial production of the Genesis eVTOL luxury passenger aircraft.
Aircraft type: eVTOL luxury passenger aircraft
Piloting: 1 untrained pilot can fly the aircraft with intuitive drivability (manual or autonomous piloting)
Capacity: 1 passenger with room for luggage
Cruise speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)
Flight Time: Unknown
Cruise altitude: 500 feet (152 meters)
Propellers: 4 propeller-fans
Electric Motors: 4 electric motors (with a redundant motor design)
Power source: Batteries
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: Large tinted windows are on the front and sides of the aircraft for spectacular views for the passengers with windows on the entire roof top of the aircraft
Landing gear: Lands on its fuselage
Safety feature: The aircraft has airbags and has internal stability control. The propeller-fan is in a shrouded nacelle with a propeller guard to prevent large items such as birds or people from being hit. The propeller-fan assembly uses a gyroscopic type of gimble suspension making the propeller-fan assembly extremely stable. There is a redundant motor design and a patented thrust system for emergency landings.
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