Jetcopter VTOL Technologies
Founded in January 2019 by Don Skulski, who has been self-employed since 1994, Jetcopter's purpose is to provide a better aircraft for all types of missions from civilian to military. Skulski's reason for Jetcopter's multiple new concept designs is to create and manufacture a better, safer, faster, more efficient and more affordable aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and for Rural Air Mobility. The inventor has said that his aircraft are part airplane and part helicopter and are all of his designs are modular in design. Skulski is a prolific aircraft designer where we have counted at least 19 different aircraft models listed on his website as of October 2021. The company has already requested funding from investors and is continuing looking for investors.
Skulski's designs include hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft and conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL). Each of his aircraft have a flexible power source and can be outfitted with petroleum engines, fuel cells or all batteries. In 2021, the company has stated they have been developing VTOL aircraft for the European military.
The Skulski suggests due to using electric motors with propellers, drone-type technology and modern/novel manufacturing materials and techniques, that the production cost for his aircraft will be twice as low as conventional aircraft made today. In addition, the inventor foresees their manufacturing production times will be two to three times shorter than today's conventional aircraft manufacturer's production times.
Several of Jetcopter VTOL Technologies's concept designs are modular. The modules include the propulsion system, the engine compartment and then the fuselage. This way, any module can be manufactured either in the same production facility or in separate production facilities and assembled each aircraft at a designated factory. When the aircraft is designed like this, this allows the customer to not only make maintenance easier but allows the customer to reconfigure the aircraft from a passenger aircraft to a cargo aircraft.
The Sky Mod aircraft is not only multiple power source VTOL aircraft, designed to accommodate a hybrid-electric power source (such as a piston or turbine petroleum powered engine, or fuel cells) or powered by batteries but has been designed as a modular aircraft. The power source is determined by customer requirements. The modular parts of this aircraft include the propulsion section, the engine compartment (hybrid-electric engines/fuel cells or battery packs) and the fuselage.
The aircraft can hold between 5-9 passengers, has an approximate cruise speed of 300 mph (483 km/h), has an estimated range of 600 miles (965 km) and has a flight time around one hour. The aircraft has fixed skid type landing gear that is similar to a helicopter's landing skids and has a ballistic parachute for the safety of the passengers and/or cargo.
There are several unique features of this aircraft. The aircraft has two ducted fans on top of the aircraft which push air into duct work which is then diverted to four tilting end points that vector the air for any direction of flight. The end points exhaust the air creating the thrust for VTOL flight, forward flight, reverse flight and transitioning from forward flight to VTOL flight. There is also a rear ducted fan for forward flight. The aircraft also has wings to extend the range of the aircraft. In addition, when parked, the wings fold down to allow storage in tight places such as a parking space, a cargo container, a cargo aircraft or a garage. This type of aircraft reduces the complexity and weight of the aircraft allowing a cleaner and more eco-friendly aircraft.
This aircraft can also be changed in the field from a passenger aircraft to an remote piloted cargo drone. The air cargo drone uses the same propulsion system, engine compartment (or batteries) and skid type landing gear. The cargo drone carries its cargo under the drone either fitted to the underside of the drone or sling loads its cargo.
The company has not set a timeline for when subscale models or full scale models will be made. The company foresees their aircraft used for personal air transportation, for Urban Air Mobility, for Rural Air Mobility, for air cargo, police, fire, medevac services, for homeland security and in every branch in any military.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL or eVTOL passenger aircraft or air cargo aircraft
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: 5-9 passengers or cargo
- Cruise speed: 300 mph (483 km/h)
- Range: 600 miles (965 km)
- Flight Time: 1 hour
- Propellers: 3 ducted fans. 2 ducted fans to make the air for propulsion and 1 rear ducted fan used primarily for forward flight.
- Tilting ducts: 4 tilting ducts which vector the air for forward, reverse and VTOL flight
- Electric Motors: 3 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries, hybrid-electric or fuel cells
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Larger windows than standard aircraft windows
- Wings: 1 high wing. When the aircraft is parked, the wing can fold down allowing it to be parked in a smaller space
- Landing gear: Fixed skid-type landing gear
- 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. The aircraft will also have ballistic parachutes for an added level of safety.
- Jetcopter VTOL Technologies website
- Jetcopter VTOL Technologies YouTube Channel
- Jetcopter VTOL Technologies Don Skulski LinkedIn
- Article: JETcopter is a VTOL That Could Land in a Parking Lot, Robb Report, Sept. 19, 2018
- Article: Jetcopter VTOL Aircraft, Aerospace Technology, Date unknown (possibly spring 2019)
- Article: Jetcopter VTOL to be Revealed at Aero 2019, Aviation Today, Mar. 26, 2019
- Video: Here's How Jetcopter Works, Jetcopter, Mar. 19, 2019
- Article: Jetcopter targets funding for innovative VTOL design, Flight Global, Sept. 10, 2019
- Video: Jetcopter production, Jetcopter, Jan. 30, 2020
- Video: Jetcopter - flying taxi, Jetcopter, Apr. 3, 2020
- Video: SkyEpress - safe, fast, affordable airplane, that won't need a runway, Jetcopter, Feb. 25, 2021
- Video: SkyExpress take off, Jetcopter, Mar. 14, 2021