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 TriAxes is a one passenger eVTOL hoverbike concept design. The hoverbike has an open cockpit with a motorcycle-type seat, has three ducted propellers, each duct has two propellers, and the aircraft lands on its fuselage and lands on the ducted propeller housings. The aircraft has a flight time of 12 minutes, with several minutes of reserve power. When battery technology matures and has a higher battery density, the range of the aircraft will increase.
The ducted propellers have propeller mesh on both sides of the ducts to protect the pilot, people on the ground and to protect the propellers from foreign debris. The aircraft is expected to be used for advanced aerial mobility, sport flying, tourism, search and rescue, police service and other aviation applications.
Aircraft type: eVTOL hoverbike concept design
Piloting: 1 pilot
Flight time: 12 minutes
Maximum payload: 80 kg (176 lb)
Propellers: 6 propellers
Electric motors: 6 electric motors
Power source: Batteries
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Window: Open cockpit
Landing gear: Lands on its fuselage and propeller ducts
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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