8 APRIL 2019
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A new urban VTOL air taxi is promising to be the star of the show this week when it is unveiled for the first time at the AERO 2019 general aviation trade exhibition in Friedrichshafen (Germany).
The four-day event begins on Wednesday (10 April).
Known as the Jetcopter, the five-seat aircraft is said to be the most powerful urban VTOL air taxi under development. Founder Donatas Skulskis says it will meet all EASA requirements and will be certified according to EASA regulations.
The Jetcopter will be powered by two 500hp (368kW) converted automotive motors, rotating two 200cm diameter air turbines to create an airflow velocity of 950km/h diverted to four endpoints, where it can be vectored to any direction, similar to the Harrier jump-jet.
Skulskis says handling will be very different from the Harrier, with the Jetcopter able to hover like a drone – the pilot will have only to select the desired altitude, direction and speed to make the urban taxi fly to its destination.
He added: “The Jetcopter will have the longest range, 1,000km, and the highest speed, above 300km/h, of all urban VTOL air taxis currently developed, plus a Maximum Take-off Weight of 2,000kg and can be parked in a medium-size garage.”
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