On July 13, 2017, VTOL Aviation India was founded by Mr Kalyan Chowdhury in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The goal of the company is to be the first in the Indian aerospace sector to make hybrid-electric and all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft. The reason for this is to achieve the "Make in India" goal, a government-launched initiative to encourage 100% of a product to be manufactured domestically. The company is partnering with the Indian Institute Of Technology-Kanpur and with the EFC Group of Companies. The company has designed and manufactured multiple types of drones. VTOL Aviation India has been funded with $150 million with the plan for $2 billion total investment from internal sources and bank loans.
The Kirtiman HNM2500 is a piloted hybrid-electric VTOL and an eVTOL five passenger luxury air taxi concept design aircraft. The power source (either hybrid-electric or all-electric) will be determined by the person, company or government purchasing the aircraft. The aircraft has eight dedicated VTOL propellers, one pusher propeller for forward and reverse flight, has a carbon fiber composite fuselage, has a canopy over the cockpit, has one high wing, one rear T-tail and has tricycle fixed-wheeled landing gear.
The pictures on this web page and on the VTOL Aviation India's web page for the Kirtiman HNM2500 air taxi are the same as the Abhiyaan ENM800 two seater VTOL air taxi aircraft. Because of this, there is a good chance the Kirtiman HNM2500 air taxi will simply be a scaled-up version of the Abhiyaan ENM800 air taxi.
The Kirtiman HNM2500 has been made for advanced aerial mobility (AAM) including urban air taxi service within a city, air taxi service between two cities, rural air taxi service and offshore air taxi service. The aircraft has been engineered to reduce the complexity of the aircraft by having no tilting propellers and no retractable landing gear. Lowing the complexity of an aircraft reduces the purchase cost of the aircraft, increases the safety of the aircraft, increases the reliability of the aircraft and reduces maintenance costs. The aircraft has also been designed with multiple redundancies which also increases the safety and reliability of the aircraft. The high-wing increases the range of the aircraft making the aircraft more useful for passengers traveling far distances and also lowers the power needed during forward flight.
VTOL Aviation India's aim is to reshape the future of flight with the ultimate breakthrough in clean and safe aviation, made in India. The company's aircraft can be used for urban air taxi service, private use, business use, air tourism, pilot training, mechanic training, aerial surveillance, aerial surveys, urban air cargo, emergency medical services, disaster air response, government service, paramilitary service, military use and more.
While the company has not stated when sub-scale or full scales prototypes will be made and tested, the company expects the Kirtiman HNM2500 VTOL passenger aircraft to be in service by 2025.
Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric or eVTOL luxury air taxi aircraft
Piloting: 1 pilot
Capacity: 4 passengers
Cruise speed: Unknown
Maximum Range: Unknown
Maximum flight time: Unknown
Propellers: 9 propellers
Electric Motors: 9 electric motors
Power source: Hybrid-electric with batteries or battery packs-alone
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: Small canopy over cockpit
Wings: 1 high wing
Tail: 1 t-tail
Landing gear: Tricycle fixed wheeled 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. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft can also land conventionally if needed. The aircraft has a whole aircraft ballistic parachute.
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