Lusby, Maryland, USA
The HopFlyt Venturi uses a canard style, variable incidence channel wing design aircraft that is electrically powered. The Venturi design can take off and land vertically and fly like a conventional aircraft during cruise. The HopFlyt mission includes reducing commuting times to increase productivity in highly congested urban areas while protecting the environment with emissions-free transportation. The goal is to move passengers five times faster than ground transportation. The design plans for a range of up to 200 miles.
The HopFlyt eVTOL aircraft design leverages advanced aviation technologies in a brand-new, patent pending aircraft configuration. HopFlyt was founded in Lusby, Maryland, USA on Dec. 6, 2016 "with a vision to challenge traditional aviation boundaries with its advanced aerospace technologies in order to improve transportation effectiveness and reduce transportation pollution. The HopFlyt design will transport passengers up to five-times faster by flying them over traffic in congested urban areas."
In late 2017, HopFlyt was selected for the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program. The company began its partnership with the University of Maryland aerospace department in Jan. 2018 for flight dynamics model development and flight control software development.
HopFlyt is using a combination of small scale models, computational fluid dynamics and simulation to prove out the concepts and develop the software for flight control and distributed propulsion.
The first flight of the scale model was in December 2017. A third flight test of the 1/7th scale HopFlyt Venturi occurred on January 20, 2018.
In February 2019 HopFlyt announced it had figured out how to 3D print aircraft parts without infill using Polycarbonate which will add significant strength without adding weight.
HopFlyt Characteristics (updated January 2018):
|Weight||1,800 lb||815 kg|
|Wingspan||26 ft||8 m|
|Length||24 ft||7 m|
|Number of channels||8|
|Number of passengers||4|
|Cruise speed||120 knots||220 kph|
|Range||100 nm||185 km|
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- Article: American startup HopFlyt developed an electric arched wing airtaxi, Wings Herald, August 24, 2017
- Article: HopFlyt Channels the Custer Channel Wing, Sustainable Skies, September 20, 2017
- Video: HopFly Hover Test, HopFlyt Inc, February 6, 2018
- Article: HopFlyt eVTOL: an interview with Rob Winston," Impakter, March 9, 2018
- Article: HopFlyt Begins Scale Hover Tests, evtol.news, April 1, 2018
- Article: HopFlyt Hops to the Future, Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2020
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