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Samad e-Starling Jet

e-Starling Jet
Samad Aerospace Ltd.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

The Samad Aerospace e-Starling Jet is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) electric jet that will carry passengers on regional and short-haul flights.

The e-Starling will be an electric business jet. It is a fixed wing aircraft with a V-tail. Three jet engines are fixed above the wings and tail. For VTOL the fuselage opens sliding hatches for two fixed vertical propellers and the engines fixed on the wings extend cowlings that angle 90 degrees down for four VTOL points of thrust. Should the jet slip below stall speed it will automatically adjust to hover. The vehicle will carry up to seven people. While Samad is working toward autonomous flight they also plan for a fly-by-the-wire system and an operator with 20 hours of emergency training to be at the controls. Two alternate hybrid electric configurations, the Starling and UAV Starling, are also being developed by Samad.

The Starling will be able to use vertiports and small landing areas. The company is targeting the business and luxury travel markets.

On Nov. 30, 2020, Samad announced the successful electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) first flight of its 1/2-scale e-Starling prototype.

The half-scale eCTOL demonstrator, with a length of 22 ft (6.7 m) and a 26-ft (8-m) wingspan, used a trailing-edge coaxial propeller on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft flew at 90 mph (145 km/h) for five minutes in an eCTOL configuration, setting the groundwork for eVTOL tests flights in 2021. According to a press release, the company plans on performing a test of the aircraft's autonomous flight capabilities following this successful eCTOL test.

Samad Aerospace’s aircraft are venture-capital funded. Sales are expected by 2024. The e-Starling will cost about ten million dollars.


  • Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
  • Pilots: None
  • Passengers: 7
  • Cruise speed: 260 knots (482 km/h, 300 mph)
  • Range: 644 km (400 miles)
  • Propeller Count: 3
  • Wing type: Fixed-wing
  • Tail assembly: V-tail

During the 15th Electric Aircraft Symposium held in July 2021, an aircraft very similar to the e-Starling named the "Starling Transport" was briefly detailed by Dr. Seyed Mohseni, CEO of Samad. Design similarities between the two aircraft suggest the possibility that the "Transport" is actually a renamed and slightly altered e-Starling. The aircraft's specifications are listed below.

Transport Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
  • Pilots: One
  • Passengers: 5
  • Cruise speed: 260 knots (482 km/h, 300 mph)
  • Range: 1288 km (800 miles)
  • Ceiling: 7620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Propeller Count: 3
  • Wing type: Fixed-wing
  • Tail assembly: V-tail