JETcopter reveals 7-seater VTOL concept
German VTOL start-up JETcopter has finalized its flying car concept.
Concept drawings on the company’s website show both a passenger air taxi and a cargo variant. The passenger version seats six passengers and a pilot.
Both versions of the JETcopter will be fully road-legal with a cabin interior similar to that of a light-medium helicopter.
The VTOL will also feature a rear ramp for easy access for loading and disembarking both for passengers and for cargo.
Early details from JETcopter say the aircraft will be powered by two 400hp automotive motors which will power two conta-rotating fans at the top of the fuselage.
The company plans on releasing the cargo variant first and the passenger variant sometime later. Both versions will be flown using electronic levelling control – a simpler variant on standard flight controls.
Take-off time is billed as approximately one to two minutes which, the company says, makes the vehicle perfect for air-taxi operations. A full-scale mock-up of the the JETcopter will be presented at AERO 2019 in Friedrichschafen Germany in April 2019.
Capacity: 1 pilot + 6 passengers
Empty weight approx 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)
Engines: 2 x 400 hp automotive with duplicated fuel, cooling and power-supply systems
Range: 1,000 km / 620 miles
Safety: 2 installed parachutes
Speed: over 300 km/h (186 mph)
Wing area: 13.5 m2