Founded in 2006 in Turkey, Turkish Technic is Turkish Airlines Maintenance Center headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. The actual maintenance facility is located at the Ankara Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey. In the fall of 2021, Turkish Technic announced it had made an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The Esinti (which is Turkish for breeze) is a one passenger multicopter aircraft, with eight propellers, eight electric motors, a canopy over the cockpit and has fixed skid type landing gear. The aircraft has an estimated cruise speed of 115 km/h (71 mph) and an estimated range of 48 km (30 miles). The eVTOL aircraft has a maximum payload of 80 kg (176 lb) and has a maximum altitude of 1,981 m (6,500 ft).
The tinted canopy over cockpit allows the passenger (pilot) to have excellent views in all directions. With eight propellers, the company has already introduced redundancy in the aircraft allowing the aircraft to much safer than its helicopter cousins. Having fixed skid type landing gear also reduces the complexity of the aircraft reducing production costs, future maintenance costs and also increases the safety of the aircraft. The aircraft's design has a similar structure to eHang's (China) multicopter aircraft.
The Esinti full scale prototype has already made its debut at several trade shows but as of November 2021, no pictures have been taken of inside the cockpit. The cockpit instrument panel and interior has yet to be seen. The company plans to make its first planned flight of the Esinti in March 2022.
While the aircraft is suited and designed for air taxi service, the company expects the aircraft can be used for many types of air missions such as air cargo service, organ transplant transportation, emergency medical services, private use, police use, fire fighting, government transportation and more.
Several online articles (in the fall of 2021) reveal the company plans to make this prototype aircraft into a production model for Urban Air Mobility. After this, the company expects to also make a two and four passenger eVTOL multicopter aircraft for Urban Air Mobility as well.
The company has not stated any timeline when their additional full scale prototype models will be made or when serial production will begin.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger multicopter
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Cruise speed: 115 km/h (71 mph)
- Range: 48 km (30 miles)
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Maximum altitude: 1,981 m (6,500 ft)
- Maximum payload: 80 kg (176 lb)
- Maximum takeoff weight: 407 kg (897 lb)
- Empty weight: 327 kg (721 lb)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left, right and top visibility, for spectacular views
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft.
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- Article: Turkish Airlines flying car, Esinti, continues its rapid development, Values of Turkey, Oct. 10, 2021
- Article: Turkish Airlines introduces VTOL flying car concept, Defense Here, Nov. 22, 2021
- Video: Turkish Airlines introduces VTOL flying car concept, Defense Here, Nov. 22, 2021