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Chatillon MotoFly (concept design)

Thibault Chatillon MotoFly hybrid-electric VTOL hoverbike concept design aircraft

 

MotoFly (concept design)
Thibault Chatillon (inventor)
Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
www.tibo-cat-lion.tumblr.com

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 MotoFly is a high speed racing hybrid-electric VTOL hoverbike concept design kit aircraft made from a standard motorcycle. The aircraft holds one person. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 280 km/h (174 mph), a range of 200 km (124 miles) and can fly between 1-100 meters (3-328 feet). The MotoFly has six ducted propellers and uses six electric motors for the propellers. The propellers rotate for VTOL, forward and rearward flight.

The modified motorcycle can be rated with a 750 cc and 1300 cc engine, which turn an alternator to make electricity to power the electric motors for propulsion. The aircraft has high-speed collision avoidance technology to keep the pilot safe in an urban area under any type of traffic conditions or when aircraft are racing simultaneously.

To make this aircraft, a person needs to purchase a motorcycle and then modify it with a kit. The kit will include a controller, a simplified navigation system, the propellers, propeller housings, electric motors, booms for the propeller housings, a battery and other components. No plans have been made yet to remove the motorcycle engine for another power source. If the aircraft runs out of fuel, there is an emergency battery that provides enough power to land the aircraft safely. The aircraft lands on the bottom of the ducted propeller housings.

Side view

Side view

Rear view

Rear view

Side view

Side view

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL hoverbike kit concept design aircraft
  • Piloting: 1 pilot
  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)
  • Range: 200 km (124 miles)
  • Cruise altitude: 1-100 meters (3-328 feet)
  • Propellers: 6 propellers in ducted housings
  • Electric motors: 6 electric motors
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
  • Fuselage: Motorcycle frame
  • Window: Open cockpit
  • Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the ducted propeller housings
  • 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. If the aircraft runs out of fuel, there is an emergency battery that provides enough power to land the aircraft safely.

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