Dr. Hossein MalekZadeh founded the Baaz Flight in Germany, to create an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to help people (personal and business) travel quickly and safely in urban areas as an air taxi and can be configured for other missions needed by businesses and governments. The company states their aircraft is safer and quieter than helicopters.
The company's first concept aircraft had drawings for an eVTOL aircraft for UAM which could possibly hold four people, with six ducted propellers, a high-wing, large windows and tricycle landing gear. In August 2020 on the Baaz Facebook Page, the company posted a computer drawing of their new five passenger eVTOL aircraft indicating it's a production model design by stating they are ready to take off. We discovered in January 2021, the name of their new production model is the Baaz B5.
The Baaz B5 holds a total of five people (one pilot and four passengers) and has a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), a range of 200 km (124 m) with Lithium-ion batteries or a range of 300 km (186 m) with hydrogen fuel cells, has nine propellers, has a foldable low main wing which folds or unfolds during vertical flight (allowing it to land in a small space) and uses retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear,
Baaz Company and the Baaz B5, Features and Benefits:
- Safety: Conforms to FAA and EASA standards and a promising a zero failure rate for their eVTOL aircraft
- Comfortable: Their eVTOL will have an extremely smooth ride
- Silent: Uses noise cancellation technology for their eVTOL aircraft
- Nimble: Multiple control systems ensure safe flight and can react quickly to any obstacles and hazards, including birds.
- Innovative: Promises to use innovative and novel technologies
- Fully electric: Providing emission free flight by using batteries or hydrogen fuel cells
- Efficient: Use of batteries as a power source and electric motors makes the aircraft extremely efficient
- Capacity: Holds give passengers
- Versatile: The cabin can be reconfigured, taking any number of seats out depending upon the mission, and the aircraft can be used for many missions such as air taxi service, personal air vehicle, corporate air vehicle, emergency medical service (EMS), police, firefighting, news reporting, air cargo delivery, government work and more
- Fast Speed: The Baaz B5 be a very fast eVTOL aircraft
- Long Range: The aircraft will have the range needed for intracity (travel within the same city) and intercity (travel between two cities) travel
- Technology: Will use advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine language, predictive analysis, to provide the highest safety level for our aircraft
- Propellers: Using an efficient and energy saving propeller design, the propeller also has a long service life and using propellers (versus using helicopter rotorblades) makes the aircraft very quiet
- eVTOL: Electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, can take off and land from almost any open space in an urban or rural environment, without the need of runways
- Multi-Organization: The company will be in the production and marketing of their electric aircraft but also will collect, monitor, analyze, and interpret the data that is produced by BAAZ eVTOL aircraft. This way, the company will help industrial partners and government agencies to improve their rules, services and technologies for Urban Air Mobility and its aircraft.
The company foresees the size, features and functions of the BAAZ B5 eVTOL passenger aircraft will make it accessible to a wide range of customers. In addition, their aircraft will help their customers to fly over all ground obstacles, offer a new perspective of life and provide individuals with a taste of a high-class lifestyle.
The company's website state they have "fulfilled FAA and EASA standards", and stating they have additional standards and tests than required by government aviation authorities. The company goal is a zero failure rate for their production aircraft. The company states their propellers are very efficient providing an energy savings for each flight, reducing energy costs, increasing its range and have an extended service life. The aircraft not only has fast reacting ducted propellers but also has flaps and rudders to help keep the ride smooth in all types of weather conditions.
The aircraft can be either an all electric powered aircraft for typical urban flights within one city (intracity) or their aircraft can be fitted with hydrogen fuel cells (a hybrid-electric power source) for those customers who need to travel between two cities (intercity).
The company's new production model is a sleek design with a spacious cabin which makes it ideal for a multiple role aircraft including but not limited to urban air mobility for passengers, corporate travel, VIP travel, emergency medical service, law enforcement, news stations, agriculture, utility companies, government use and more. In order to fit any aerial mission, the back seats are completely removable to add the relevant equipment such as stretchers, cameras or anything a customer would need to customize the interior of the aircraft.
The company's website and its January 22, 2021 video show a new design feature of foldable wings. This feature will allow more Baaz B5 aircraft to park at a vertiport where space will probably be at a premium. The aircraft can take off and land vertically with its main low wing in the folded position and will unfold its main wing while hovering. For landing, it will can do the reverse.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Piloting at first, then autonomous piloting using predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
- Capacity: At the start, 1 pilot, 4 passengers, later piloted by AI
- Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
- Range: 200 km (124 m) with Lithium-ion batteries, 300 km (186 m) with hydrogen fuel cells
- Maximum payload: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
- Propellers: 9 propellers (4 rotating ducted propellers nacelles, each nacelle has 2 sets of propellers, 1 propellers is in the rear of the fuselage for vertical flight)
- Electric Motors: 9 electric motors for propellers (there more electric motors for landing gear, folding wings and for openings for middle VTOL propeller)
- Power source: Powered by swappable lithium-ion batteries for travel within a city or can be powered by hydrogen fuel cells for travel between two cities.
- Fuselage height: 1.5 m (4 ft, 11.1 in)
- Fuselage width: 1.8 m (5 ft, 11 in)
- Fuselage length: 2.0 m (6 ft, 6.7 in)
- Total width wings open: 13.5 m (44 ft, 3.5 in)
- Total width wings closed: 7.8 m (25 ft, 7.1 in)
- Total length: 7.8 m (25 ft, 7.1 in)
- Windows: Large windows for spectacular views
- Wing: One low main wing with winglets and the wing is foldable allowing the aircraft to park in tight spaces. The wing can unfold and fold while hovering so that it can take off or land in a very small space.
- Tail: One vertical stabilizer
- Landing gear: Retractable tricycle landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motor or propeller fails, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.