Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Stephen Cook, based in Salt Lake City, Utah has developed a concept of a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) personal air vehicle (PAV) which would be street and air legal. The company's aim is to make an “AirCAR” with a price tag in the range between $75,000.00 to $175,000.00 USD. The company expects to start production on January 1, 2023.
The body/fuselage and wings/stabilizers of this personal air vehicle will be light weight carbon fiber composite. The turbine engine will power the motors and recharge the batteries to provide thrust for vertical and forward flight. Cruising speed will be between 150-200 mph (241-322 km/h) with a top range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km). The instrument panel will consist of six (6) Apple iPads. The wings are retractable for road travel and extend for flight. The personal air vehicle should fit inside a regular parking space with the tail possibly hanging slightly over the rear of the parking space.
The company has not featured any safety devices at this time. However, redundancy in the 29 fans and 29 electric motors have the added safety that if several electric fans stop working, the aircraft will still be able to fly.
The company plans to sell their personal air vehicles to private individuals for business and pleasure travel. No mention has been made for any other types of applications for the vehicle at this time. Piloting has not discussed and therefore piloting could be manual, remote, autonomous or a combination of these three.
- Aircraft: Hybrid-electric personal air vehicle with road and VTOL capabilities
- Capacity: 5 passengers
- Cruise speed: 150-200 mph (241-322 km/h)
- Range: 1,000 miles (1,609 km)
- Instrument panel: 6 Apple iPad
- Electric fans: 29 for VTOl and forward flight. 14 on each wing and one rear fan for forward thrust.
- Electric motors: 29
- Powerplant: Hybrid-electric turbine engine powering electric motors for the electric fans, for vertical and forward thrust
- Wing type: Constant chord high wing
- Rear stabilizer: A one piece rear stabilizer with 2 vertical stabilizers connected on top with a horizontal stabilizer. That is, an upside down "U" shaped stabilizer without rudders.
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Safety features: Redundancy with multiple electric fans, motors and multiple iPads.