Acro (concept design)
Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France www.klissarov.design
Klissarov is the owner and founder of Klissarov Design located in Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, located the French Riviera near Nice. Klissarov is a Canadian and Bulgarian automotive designer who started in the car design industry in 2007. The studio is in the business of designing futuristic vehicles of all types from boats, automobiles to aircraft. Klissarov has helped shape the design of vehicles for a range of international brands such as Renault and Mercedes-Benz.
Klissarov's resume (CV) includes being a senior exterior designer at Mercedes-Benz. Klissarov introduced the Acro one passenger electric vertical takoff and landing (eVTOL) concept design for advanced air mobility (AAM) at the Monaco Yacht Show (France), September 27-30, 2023. Klissarov has two other eVTOL aircraft in the design process that will compliment the aircraft featured on this web page. Klissarov is looking for investors to develop the Acro into a subscale or full scale flying prototype eVTOL passenger aircraft. (Image credit: Emmanuel Klissarov)
About Klissarov: After an internships at Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP Inc.), Citroën and a diploma sponsorship at General Motors (GM) in Detroit, Klissarov started his career at Dacia (S.C. Automobile Dacia S.A.) in Bucharest, Romania. Then he moved to Paris and worked for Renault (Groupe Renault) where he oversaw the design development of various vehicles such as the Dacia Duster 2 and Renault Scenic IV to name a few; as well as some concept cars such as Renault R.S. Vision 2027. He then moved to the advanced design studio of Mercedes-Benz in the south of France where he contributed to some concept cars and production models.
In 2021 he founded his own design studio in the French Riviera called Klissarov Design. The company focuses on developing iconic vehicle designs for clients in mobility. He brings his automotive sensibility to projects that require a high level of design expertise and know-how, such as cars, yachts, eVTOL passenger aircraft and more. Clients of Klissarov Design include brands such as Ford, Renault, Alpine, AvionsVoisin and more. Klissarov has been passionate about flying vehicles and aviation since his childhood and has been following projects under development such as SoloTrek XFV in the early 2000 as well as other interesting developments.
He is an avid first-person view (FPV) pilot and remote controlled (RC) helicopter and airplane hobbyist. He started his independent design studio in order to broaden the horizon of projects he can work on, such as eVTOL passenger and air cargo aircraft which he believes is the future of air transportation, especially with the rapid development of battery and electric motor technology. Klissarov would like to live his dream of flying on a daily basis not just for work commutes but for the pleasure of it.
Acro one passenger eVTOL concept design aircraft
The Acro is a one passenger eVTOL concept design ultralight aircraft for short range travel. The pilot does not need a pilot's license because it is an ultralight aircraft and the aircraft uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help fly the aircraft. The pilot controls the aircraft with a dual joystick control, there are no foot pedals, has a structural harness and is a helmetless operation. The cockpit has dual side screens with a human-machine interface. The aircraft has full 3D aerobatic maneuverability. Using cyclorotors provides the pilot instant control of magnitude and orientation of the omnidirectional thrust.
The aircraft has canopy over cockpit, also called a tilting structural polycarbonate canopy. The pilot's seat is molded into a custom shape for comfort. The cruise speed of the aircraft is 102 km/h (63 mph). This is the top speed the aircraft will fly due to the maximum speed allowed for an ultralight aircraft. The aircraft's propulsion is from six CycloTech CR-60 cyclorotors from CycloTech (headquartered in Austria). The airframe is 3D printed. The length of the aircraft is 3.85 m (12 ft, 7-9/16 in), has a width of 4 m (13 ft, 1-12/15 in) and is 1.6 m (5 ft, 3 in) in height.
The empty weight of the Acro is 200 kg (441 lb), has a maximum payload weight of 80 kg (176 lb) and has a maximum takeoff weight of 280 kg (617 lb). The aircraft is powered by batteries. There is an integrated docking charging system at the bottom of the aircraft. The aircraft has fixed tricycle landing struts.
The aircraft has many safety features. The aircraft can have up to two simultaneous engine losses and the Acro can still hover and land safely. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft has a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute
Klissarov is looking for investors to fund the building of a subscale or full scale flying prototype. Please contact Emmanuel Klissarov in France, through his business website www.klissarov.design.
Piloting: 1 pilot with dual joystick control, no foot pedals, helmetless operation, dual side-screens human-machine interface cockpit design, with full 3D aerobatic manoeuvrability
Cruise speed (maximum speed allowed for an ultralight aircraft): 102 km/h (63 mph)
Maximum hypothetical speed: 120 km/h (75 mph) Note: The aircraft will not fly this fast due an electronic governor that will keep the maximum speed at 102 km/h (63 mph) to comply with the maximum allowed speed for an ultralight aircraft.
Empty weight: 200 kg (441 lb)
Maximum payload weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight: 280 kg (617 lb)
Propellers: 6 Cyclo Tech CR-60 cyclorotor from CycloTech (Austria)
Electric motors: 6 electric motors
Power source: Batteries with integrated dock-in charging at the bottom of the aircraft
Fuselage: 3D printed airframe
Length: 3.85 m (12 ft, 7-9/16 in)
Width: 4 m (13 ft, 1-12/15 in)
Height: 1.6 m (5 ft, 3 in)
Window: Canopy over cockpit, a tilting structural polycarbonate canopy
Landing gear: Tricycle fixed landing gear struts
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 have up to two simultaneous engine losses and the vehicle is still able to hover and land safely. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft has a structural harness for the pilot. The aircraft has an whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute.
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