In 2018 in Turkey, the University Mechatronics Department of Gelisim University set out to design and produce an all electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The Tusi is a one passenger eVTOL and ground vehicle and is called by the inventors, a flying car. The aircraft has a range 40 km (24 m) for flying and a range of 220 km (136 m) for road travel. The Tusi has six propellers, six electric motors, powered by batteries, with fixed tricycle type wheels used for both landing gear and for ground travel. The Tusi was first revealed in public at the 2019 Teknofest held in Turkey.
The aircraft has been flown and driven on the ground successfully both indoors and outdoors. The inventors foresee the Tusi as being sold to both the commercial and military markets. In addition, the aircraft is scalable up to four passengers and can also be reconfigured for air cargo transportation.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger aircraft and is scalable
- Piloting: 1 person
- Range for flying: 40 km (24 m)
- Range for the road: 220 km (136 m)
- Flight Time: 9 minutes
- Maximum payload: 80 kilos (176 lb)
- Empty weight: 100 kg (220 lb)
- Propellers: 6 propellers
- Electric Motors: 6 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Unknown
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit
- Landing gear: Fixed tricycle wheeled landing gear which double as wheels for ground travel
- 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.
- Gelisim University website
- Video: Turkish Flying Car "TUSI" - First Flight Tests, Mersus Robotik, Dec. 21, 2020
- Article: Domestic and National Flying Car Tusi Started Test Drives, Railly News, Oct. 19, 2020
- Article: A brother came to Cezeri: Test drives of the flying car 'Tusi', which is entirely the work of Turkish engineers, have begun, Yenisafak, Oct. 19, 2020
- Article: Domestic and national flying car TUSI started test drives, Gelisim University, Oct. 20, 2020
- Video: Gelisim University of Istanbul, Tusi flying car, Gelisim University, Sept. 17, 2019
- Video: Turkish Flying Car "Tusi" Exhibited at Musiad Expo, Mersus Robotik, Jan. 9, 2021