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. (Gerardo Imperatore graphic, used with permission.)
This model, NEAE-GSI eVTOL-Taxi, is a 20 passenger, one pilot hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for air taxi service or for private use. The aircraft has a cruising speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) with a range of 500 km (308 miles) with an approximate maximum flying time of 1-3/4 hours. The aircraft has four electric ducted fans which tilt in the appropriate direction for vertical lift, forward flight and course correction.
The aircraft has two forewings on either side of the fuselage and has two rear vertical stabilizers mounted on top of the rear of the 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.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL
- Piloting: 1 pilot, with all weather flying capability
- Capacity: 20 passengers (on one deck)
- Useful load: Over 6 tons, with passengers and cargo
- Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
- Maximum altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
- Range: 500 km (308 miles) in about 1-3/4 hours
- Electric fans: 4 ducted fans
- Motors: 4 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: Four fixed wheels
- 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.