eSTOL Updates - March 2021
At the VFS eVTOL Symposium in January, San Francisco, California-based Airflow announced that it was beginning development of “one of the first full-scale piloted technology demonstrators of an eSTOL aircraft.” For the last year, Airflow has been utilizing a sub-scale model for test flights that have helped develop its eSTOL flight control technology. The next phase will convert a Cessna 210 into an eSTOL with distributed electric propulsion (DEP). DEP enables operations into and out of very short runways by providing more control at slower airspeeds. Airflow was founded in 2019 by five former Airbus Vahana team members to bring eSTOL capabilities to the middle-mile logistics market.