Flyter was founded in February of 2018. In April 2018, it unveiled its vehicle concept, the PAC 420–120, a fixed wing VTOL with both electric and hybrid versions. The PAC 420–120 is modular, meaning its payload pod is interchangeable between a passenger and a cargo version. The aircraft's name is derived from its take-off weight of 420kg and payload mass of 120kg. Flyter plans to release incrementally larger versions of the aircraft including the PAC 710–200 and the PAC 1350-400, and utilize a variety of powerplants from all-electric to internal combustion in order to fulfill its mission requirements.
Flyter is a Russia-based startup, and has intended for the PAC's to serve less as urban air taxis and as autonomous cargo vehicles that can transport payloads between remote regions of Russia.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL
Powerplant: All-Electric and Hybrid-electric versions are in development
Range: 99 miles (all electric); 5569 miles (hybrid-electric)
Top Speed: 150mph
Propeller Configuration: 4 underwing propellers and 1 tail-mounted pusher propeller
Passenger/Payload Capacity: Single Passenger or 265 lb payload
Autonomy Level: Autonomous or piloted
Dimensions: 19 ft wingspan, 17.8 ft length, 7 ft height
Operating Altitude: 500-3000 ft AGL
Our Take on Flyter:
Flyter is focused on quickly bringing a product to market that can solve an immediate problem. Various remote areas in Russian often wait up to 2 weeks for air transport and endure long gaps between deliveries of cargo and other goods; the PAC VTOL 420-120 aims to fill this gap in the country's transportation sector via the path of least resistance, which implies using a powerplant that will be most readily available and easiest to integrate at the time of manufacturing. While this means we could see an operational vehicle from Flyter sooner than other OEMs, the company admits it will also require iterations upon its vehicle to optimize efficiency and reach a conclusion on the most suitable powerplant given the missions for which it is designed.