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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As electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and urban air mobility (UAM) operation are under the spotlight now, the electric propulsion application in fixed wing designs are making steady progress as well. Instead of targeting the short distance inter-city UAM market as eVTOL are designed for, fixed wing electric airplanes take the advantages of higher efficiency and longer range to aim for the intra-city commute market. A German startup called e.SAT unveiled its Silent Air Taxi design at Aachen-Merzbrück Airfield near Aachen in Germany on June 11, 2019.
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The number of electric projects at the Paris Airshow on the le Bourget Airport in 2019 is growing constantly. Companies like Safran and Daher entering the field of electric propulsion, and also Boeing and Airbus have their eVTOLs at the display next to their core business Airliners. But events were the “talk in town” of this show: The israeli Eviation did show the prototype of its full electric commuter Alice (see also Interview page 20 in eFlight Journal 3-2019 magazine) and Siemens announced to sell its eAircraft division completely to Rolls Royce.
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