According to Pegasus Universal Aerospace CEO, Robbie Irons, the company’s debut of its vertical takeoff and landing business jet has received a very positive response from the global market, receiving interest from corporate, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and other market sectors. Inquiries have come from countries and clients around the world to use the Pegasus Vertical Business Jet (VBJ) for purposes such as business transport, border control, policing, oil and gas and cargo applications, amongst others. As of now, Pegasus will focus primarily on the corporate applications for the VBJ, with its main goal being to achieve FAA/EASA certification.
The VBJ is currently in the concept validation and prototype build phase, with simulation results being validated through scale model testing. According to Irons, the scale model prototype has “achieved perfect stability and gave Pegasus confidence that with a custom controller and the increase in power to weight ratio when scaling the aircraft up to quarter scale, stability will be achieved successfully”. If funding and development milestones are reached without issue, Pegasus expects the VBJ to attain certification by 2025/2027. “Our biggest focus at this moment in time is to secure our strategic funding partner for Pegasus by the end of 2020 as it will ultimately determine the pace at which the VBJ development programme moves forward,” Irons stated.
The design of the VBJ is complex, and for that reason Pegasus is working with several OEMs including Epsilon Engineering to aid with the development process. “The Pegasus VBJ provides a hybrid propulsion solution and although we address all the performance capabilities of the eVTOL sector, we provide substantially more,” said Irons, “The VBJ falls into the VTOL segment with a maximum takeoff weight of 5700 kg (Part 23 & Part 29 certification), serving longer range needs, offering more passengers onboard, single pilot operation with dual pilot capability, higher airspeeds, and higher altitudes with multiple enhanced safety and redundancy measures in accessing heliports, helipads and conventional runways.”
Why it’s important: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the aviation industry, Pegasus has been able to remain firmly on track and is negotiating with many high-level investors and OEMs to support and participate in the development aircraft, largely thanks to the global interest in its unique Vertical Business Jet (VBJ) design.
Source // defenceWeb