VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd.
VTOL Aviation India PVT. LTD. has designed a new two seat hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft named the Abhigyaan NX. The aircraft’s design resembles a typical two-seater recreational private plane with the exception of four booms on the main wing with vertical takeoff and landing propellers. For forward flight, there is a pusher propeller on the aircraft.
There are multiple advantages to the Abhigyaan NX . It can takeoff and land just like a helicopter or takeoff and land like an airplane. For forward flight, the vertical propellers stop and the aircraft uses only one pusher propeller for flight. The aircraft can use the efficiency of regular airplane wings for sustained forward flight.
This aircraft has been made with the purpose for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), cargo and border patrol duties. A versatility of this aircraft which can land and takeoff like a helicopter or an airplane will allow this aircraft to have flexibility in terms of landing areas and safety for UAM operations.
A sub-scale model of the aircraft has been made was shown at the Defence Expo held Feb. 5-9, 2020 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. The sub-scale model is a nicely streamlined aircraft with a stylish white and blue paint scheme.
There has been no mention if this aircraft has the capability of being a fully-electric aircraft or if the company is only focusing on hybrid-electric aircraft. No date has been set for the production of a full scale flying prototype or when they expect manufacturing to begin.
- Aircraft: Hybrid-electric VTOL
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Vertical propellers: 8
- Forward propeller: 1 pusher propeller
- Wing: 1 main high wing
- Tail: T-tail
- Landing gear: Fixed wheeled tricycle 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/propellers fail, the other working motors/propellers can safely land the aircraft. If the vertical propellers fail, the aircraft can land like a conventional airplane.