Skfly 8 (concept design)
Thibault Chatillon (inventor)
Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
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 Skfly 8 is a one passenger eVTOL flying hoverbike concept design. The pilot stands, or can crouch, on a small platform while flying the Skfly 8. The base of the aircraft is skateboard-shaped with two short swept back wings to help stabilize the aircraft during flight. The aircraft's propulsion is from four ducted propellers which are located under the standing platform. Each pair of ducted propellers are attached to a small boom which is attached to the bottom of the fuselage. In addition, each pair of ducted propellers rotate together, allowing a more powerful propulsion in the direction the pilot wants to travel.
This aircraft is expected to be used for advanced aerial mobility, sport flying, air racing, tourism and more.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL personal hoverbike concept design
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Propellers: 4 ducted propellers
- Electric motors: 4 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Fuselage: Skateboard shaped platform that pilot stands or crouches on
- Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the ducted fans
- 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.