AMSL Aero Pty Ltd
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
AMSL Aero was founded in June 2017 by Andrew Moore (AM) and Siobhan Lyndon (SL) in Australia. Moore is an engineer with more than 20 years experience in helicopter and aircraft design. Lyndon previously worked in senior positions for Google for 11 years and is in charge of the company’s business operations.
Early in development the aircraft was known as the Verti-plane, but the name was soon changed to the Vertiia. The current version is an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that holds six people and can be flown autonomously. Its cruising speed will be 300 km/h (186 mph) with a range of 250 km (155 miles) when using electric batteries. In the future, the aircraft could also be fueled with hydrogen, which would extend its range to a possible 800 km (497 miles). The mission of the company is to change the way the world travels with safe, clean, fast and affordable urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft.
On July 8, 2020 the company announced they will be moving into the Narromine Aerodrome Industrial Park, northwest of Sydney and are planning to hire five to ten people. The company was able to expand to the industrial park to build essential testing facilities due to a AUD$950,000.00 grant from the New South Wales Regional Investment Attraction program.
As of November 2020, the company has completed both a one-fifth (20%) subscale and full-scale model of the aircraft. Their goal is to make a commercial aircraft available to the public by 2021, according to Western Magazine.
In November 2020, New Atlas covered the company's completion of a full-scale airframe and tilt-propeller system for the aircraft. The Australian emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operator Careflight announced a partnership and AMSL announced that it expected to have the Vertiia certified and flying medical missions by 2023. In the same month, an article on evtolinsights.com stated that the Vertiia's major launch mission has shifted from UAM to the provision of safe and fast medical transport to vulnerable areas in Australia and abroad.
The company has developed patents which they hope will make their aircraft stand out from their competitors. Some key advantages for their aircraft is proprietary technology which extends battery life, a light weight and simplified airframe and easy passenger entry and exit. They plan on using 5G technology to their advantage to keep the aircraft secure, enhanced control features and allow for high reliable communication.
The company plans to market their aircraft for UAM, personal air transportation, military use, disaster relief and emergency medical response.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 or possibly 6 passengers
- Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
- Range: 250 km (155 miles) eVTOL, Hybrid-electric VTOL 800 km (497 m)
- Propellers: 8
- Electric motors: 8
- Wings: 4 tilting wings
- Landing gear: Wheeled landing gear
- 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 or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. Autonomous pilot allows for a safer flight.
- AMSL Aero website
- AMSL Aero LinkedIn
- Article: Say hello to the Verti-plane: the future of human mobility, Telstra Exchange, Apr. 10, 2018
- Article: Telstra is getting into the flying car business, Business Insider Australia, Apr. 10, 2018
- Article: Vertiia – is this the “flying car” we have been waiting for?, EFTM, Apr. 10, 2018
- Article: This Aussie Startup’s VTOL Air Taxi Could Be Telstra’s Entry Into Pilotless Aircraft, Drone Below, Apr. 13, 2018
- Article: Flying car technology to be tested in regional NSW to 'overcome tyranny of distance', ABC Net Australia, July 8, 2020
- Video: Narromine to be home of electric flying cars!, Dugald Saunders MP, July 8, 2020
- Article: NSW backs Narromine to become testing ground for flying electric cars, The Driven, July 8, 2020
- Article: ASML Aero's expansion will bring jobs to Narromine: mayor Craig Davies, Western Magazine, July 9, 2020
- Article: “Great Jetsons!”: NSW grants AUD950,000 for flying car testing facility, Urban Air Mobility News, July 9, 2020
- Article: NSW government awards $1m grant to develop ‘flying car’, The Guardian, July 9, 2020
- Article: Australian eVTOL prototype debuts a new spin on the tilt rotor, New Atlas, Nov. 24, 2020
- Article: Careflight and AMSL Aero launch eVTOL air ambulance to tackle rural and regional healthcare inequality in Australia, eVTOL Insights, Nov. 25, 2020