New Electric Aircraft Engines – GSI, S.r.l. (NEAE-GSI)
Caserta, Campania, Italy
The NEAE-GSI company was founded by Gerardo Imperatore in April 2019. The goal of the company is to create a clean-sheet aircraft which can transport a bus load of people making Urban Air Mobility (UAM) more efficient for the passengers, the air taxi company (or another type of company) and reducing the number of aircraft in an urban environment. The company has both a 60 seat and 20 seat design. The company is looking for investors. (All graphics by Gerardo Imperatore, used with permission.)
The company states their aircraft is the only 60 passenger hybrid-electric VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft for UAM which has been designed and patented. The eVTOL-BUS has six tilting electric ducted fans, six motors, has two floors for passengers and has been estimated the aircraft can travel at a cruise speed of 300 km (186 miles) in about 1-1/2 hours.
The aircraft has two forewings on either side of the fuselage and has two rear vertical stabilizers mounted on top of the rear of fuselage, and the rear stabilizers also have a horizontal stabilizer mounted on top of both of them. If you look at the graphic of the aircraft closely, there is a long thin rectangular wing mounted on top of the fuselage with a rear flap (or aileron).
An important safety feature of the company is its ducted housings for its electric propellers. The company notes how helicopter tail rotors are a safety hazard to crew, passengers and people on the ground. They feel the same is true with many of the small eVTOL aircraft being developed today.
The company plans to see their aircraft to the end user.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL
- Piloting: 2 pilots, with all weather flying capability
- Capacity: 60 passengers, double decker seating
- Useful load: Over 25 tons, with passengers and cargo
- Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
- Range: 300 km (186 miles) in about 1-1/2 hours
- Maximum altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
- Electric fans: 6 ducted fans
- Motors: 6 motors
- Power source: Multiple hydrogen fuel cells
- Forward wings: Two
- Main wing: One main thin rectangular wing located on top of the fuselage
- Rear Empennage: Two vertical stabilizers mounted on the top of the rear of the fuselage. A horizontal stabilizer is mounted on top of both vertical stabilizers.
- Landing gear: Six mounted fixed struts with a flat bottom, three landing struts are on each side of the fuselage.
- 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/propellers fail, the other working motors/propellers can safely land the aircraft. The other main safety feature is the aircraft has ducted electric fans which keeps crew, passengers and anyone else on the ground safe from any rotating propellers.