Advanced Individual VTOL Aircraft (AIVA)
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 Individual VTOL Aircraft (AIVA) is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) single passenger aircraft and can be used for many types of missions from personal, commercial to military. For an extended range, the aircraft design has been flexible enough so that the aircraft can be fitted with a hybrid-electric power source. The AIVA design has a tilting body which keeps the pilot seat in optimal position during the take-off, landing and in forward flight. The aircraft has an open cockpit allowing the pilot to enjoy a motorcycle type ride through the air.
Some of the advantages of the AMVA and AIVA tilting body VTOL aircraft:
- The control of the vehicle is made by thrust differentiation, without pivoting propellers, wings or flaps
- The aircraft construction is simple and cost effective
- Reduced maintenance cost
- Same propulsion system is used for vertical flight as well as for forward flight
- It uses a thrust augmentation arrangement to increase the lift even in static conditions, resulting an unitary or a subunitary thrust/weight ratio
- In forward flight, the lift is produced by the wings
- It is a highly efficient vehicle in both vertical and forward flight with improved range
- The propellers are protected against the contact with environment or with personnel on the ground
- It has a high redundancy level by using multiple thrust producing elements
- Very compact vehicle which uses the entire wingspan to produce lift
- It has amphibious capability
- It can also use wing-in-ground (WIG) effect which reduces the lift-dependent drag
The company foresees the AMVA aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), aerial inspections, search and rescue, first responder missions, rural UAM, individual soldier transportation, border security, aerial fire fighting and sightseeing. In addition, the company states the aircraft can be fitted with pontoons for water landings and can operate in Wings In Ground (WIG) effect above water.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft
- Piloting: 1 person
- Cruise speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
- Estimated maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
- Range: 87 km (hybrid-electric version has a long range)
- Cruise altitude: 305 m (1,000 ft)
- Maximum payload: 110 kg (243 lb)
- Battery reserve: 10 minutes
- Propellers: 10
- Electric Motors: 10 or more
- Power source: Batteries or hybrid-electric power source
- Cockpit: Open cockpit, motorcycle style
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Landing gear: Unknown
- 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.