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The new Jetcopter urban vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air taxi will be shown for the first time at the AERO 2019 general aviation trade exhibition, from April 10 to 13 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The five-seater VTOL Jetcopter is the most powerful urban VTOL air taxi currently under development.
The new Jetcopter will meet all European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements for new generation VTOL aircraft and will be certified according to EASA regulations. In the latest configuration, the Jetcopter will have five seats.
The Jetcopter will be powered by two 500-horsepower (368 kilowatts) converted automotive motors, rotating two 200-centimeter diameter air turbines. These air turbines will create an airflow velocity of 950 km/h. This airflow will be diverted to four endpoints, where it can be vectored to any direction, resembling the system that was used in the Hawker ´jump jet´ Harrier in 1967.
Handling the Jetcopter will be different from the Harrier: the Jetcopter will be able to hover like a drone. The pilot will only have to select the desired altitude, direction and speed to make the urban taxi fly to its destination.
With its 1000 horsepower, the Jetcopter will have the longest range — 1000 km — and the highest speed — above 300 kilometers/hour — of all urban VTOL air taxi´s currently developed worldwide. The new Jetcopter will offer a maximum take-off weight of 2000 kilograms.
Despite these impressive capacities, the Jetcopter is one of the most compact VTOL vehicles being developed, it could be parked in a medium sized van garage.
A full-scale mock-up of the new Jetcopter will be shown during the AERO 2019 aviation trade show in Friedrichshafen, Hall A7 booth 303, from April 10 to 13.