Since 2007, Thibault Chatillon has been working with, inventing, flying and designing drones, including designing passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Chatillon is based in Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. In addition, he's designed the first vertiport network in France for eVTOL aircraft and drones. Chatillon is also working on innovative eVTOL aircraft design concepts for advanced aerial mobility (AAM) and air racing. On several of Chatillon's social media accounts, his handle is Tibo Cat Lion.
The Buzzaxe H5 is a high speed racing hybrid-electric VTOL one pilot concept design aircraft with a canopy over the cockpit for excellent views. The aircraft is scalable and a larger version is expected to be designed that holds one pilot and one passenger. The aircraft is based on Formula 1 racing cars. The maximum cruise speed is +400 km/h (+248 mph), its range is +250 km (+155 miles) and has a maximum takeoff weight of 880 kg (1,940 lb). The aircraft has high-speed collision avoidance technology to keep the pilot safe when many aircraft are racing simultaneously.
The aircraft has five electric ducted fans (EDF) with each EDF having a 360 degree of rotation for excellent handling in fast demanding conditions of air racing. There are five electric motors powering each EDF. The aircraft has stub wings with one EDF embedded in each wing, close to the fuselage. The fifth EDF is located in the rear of the aircraft. To power the aircraft, the company is planning on a clean hydrogen-electric power source.
To keep the weight down but have a very strong fuselage, the fuselage is made of carbon fiber composite. Two small horizontal stabilizers are located in the rear of the aircraft to help control the aircraft in air racing conditions. To allow the maximum amount of speed from the aircraft, the aircraft has retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear.
Aircraft type: High speed hybrid-electric VTOL passenger racer
Piloting: 1 pilot
Capacity: 1 pilot for Version F1. 2 people larger version.
Maximum cruise speed: +400 km/h (+248 mph)
Range: +250 km (+155 miles)
Maximum takeoff weight: 880 kg (1,940 lb)
Propellers: 5 Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) each EDF having a 360 degree rotation
Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft has high-speed collision avoidance technology to keep pilots safe when aircraft are racing simultaneously.
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