In the pursuit of new generation vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, no one is left behind and everyone has big ambition. A startup company from South Africa unveiled a VTOL business jet this year. Pegasus Universal Aerospace, founded by chairman Reza Mia from Pretoria, South Africa, unveiled a one eighth scale model of its Pegasus One VTOL jet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) held in Geneva in May 2019.
According to the company, the Pegasus One VTOL jet will be an eight-seat business aircraft powered by two GE CT7-8 turbine engines of 2,330-shp to drive in-wing lift fans and rear thrust fans through integrated gearboxes, all managed by multiple redundant computer systems. The airplane will have a range of 4,400 km when taking off from a runway or a range of 2,124 km when taking off vertically. The airplane will be all composite, will have a cruise speed of 796 km (430 knots).
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