Flying car developer AeroMobil is working on a new eVTOL aircraft design that would be the Slovakian company’s first flight-mode-only vehicle. At the Global Urban Air Summit in the UK today, company executives told AIN they expect to unveil a scaled model of the new AeroMobil 6.0 within a few months.
The Bratislava-based company also launched a new technical consulting services division that will provide engineering and certification process support to other companies seeking to break into the eVTOL sector. According to deputy head of engineering Simon Bendrey, AeroMobil is already in talks with prospective partners, including leading automotive manufacturers that may want its support.
In December 2018, AeroMobil started the type certification process for its 4.0 flying car under the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s CS-23 regulations, and it aims to achieve a first flight with this design before year-end. It is also working on designs for a larger 5.0 model and aims to have a full-scale prototype built by 2025.
The company is now looking to accelerate development of the 6.0 model, perhaps in partnership with other companies. As it defines the aircraft design, it is considering the optimum range and payload capability among three possible performance bands: 30 km (one to two passengers); 30-to 70 km (two passengers); or 70 km (four passengers).
According to the company, it has developed and analyzed more than 50 different eVTOL aircraft designs over the past 18 months. “We have a lot of expertise in assessing and developing different technology and design configurations for rotors, wings and other aircraft systems,” Bendrey told AIN. “For instance, we have developed rotor blades for the 4.0 that are around half the weight of comparable blades now being used with 300-hp engines.”
AeroMobil is working with an unidentified leading car manufacturer to develop cabin interiors for both its flying cars and the planned eVTOL aircraft. It believes that customer acceptance of both modes of transportation will not be high if cabin comfort is no better than that available in existing light general aviation aircraft.