Advanced Individual Backpack VTOL Aircraft (AIBVA)
Micor Technologies LLC
Norton Shores, Michigan, USA
Founded in 2014, Micor Technology LLC is based in West Michigan (USA) and is a groundbreaking engineering and product development company who employs skilled engineers and scientists creating disrupting technologies related to power and mobility for both military and commercial use. The company charter is to use innovative engineering for emerging markets to extend the range of electric vehicles and aircraft.
The company's plan is to develop new technologies such as high-power density and multi-fuel engines hybrid-electric power sources, which are safe and cost-effective for both power and mobility uses such as ground, marine, air vehicles and co-generation systems (on-site power generation) for buildings and manufacturing plants.
The Advanced Vehicle Backpack VTOL Aircraft (AIBVA) is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) concept design holding one passenger and has been made for recreational use, search and rescue, Urban Air Mobility and more. The aircraft easily fits in a parking space, garage or in the back of a pick-up truck.
The aircraft has a grand total of 10 ducted fans on the aircraft, with five electric ducted fans located on each side of the pilot. An important safety feature of this aircraft is its Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). Therefore, if one, two or three ducted fans or their electric motors fail during mid-flight, the pilot can land the aircraft safely using the rest of the working ducted fans.
Directional control is provided to the pilot using two joysticks. It is unknown what type of instruments are used in the aircraft based on the aircraft's drawing. The aircraft can be powered by batteries making the AIBVA an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft or it can be fitted with a hybrid-electric powertrain. The aircraft has fixed wheeled quadricycle landing gear making easy for one person to move the aircraft when on the ground.
The company foresees this aircraft to be used for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), aerial inspections, search and rescue, first responder service, military transportation, border security, aerial fire fighting and possibly for sightseeing tours. The company has submitted many patents for their aircraft designs.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot sitting in a seat with a shoulder harness
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 10 ducted fans
- Electric Motors: 10 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries (or hybrid-electric)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: A vertically long windscreen protects the entire front of the pilot
- Tail: One rear horizontal stabilizer
- Landing gear: Fixed wheeled quadricycle landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.