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 Ciconia is a passenger eVTOL concept design aircraft that utilizes one pilot and carries from six to eight passengers. The aircraft has a modern design with one high main gull-wing, has large windows, a large interior cabin, has a V-tail and has retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear.
The aircraft has six propellers on its main wing and two propellers on its V-tail, for a total of eight propellers on the aircraft. On the end of each main wing are two propellers connected by a nacelle which tilts back and forth — for forward, VTOL and rearward flight. Near the half way point on each main wing are tilt-propellers with a linkage mechanism to move the propellers from forward to vertical flight. At each end of the V-tail's angled stabilizer is a propeller connected by a nacelle and the nacelle tilts back and forth for forward, VTOL and rearward flight.
The aircraft is expected to be used for advanced aerial mobility within cities, between cities, ship to shore and oil rigs/windmills to shore. The aircraft has enough space for crew and passenger luggage. The aircraft can also have custom interior configurations making the aircraft as versatile as necessary for customer needs. The aircraft can also be used for emergency medical services, corporate air travel, private air travel and can also be used for air cargo service.
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 in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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