Zuri, the Prague-based vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft developer, has unveiled the technical specifications for its new hybrid-electric vehicle. It will be offered in multiple configurations to suit passenger service applications as well as cargo delivery.
Zuri reported to eVTOL.com that the aircraft will be capable of cruising at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour), and have a range of 700 km (435 mi), including a 30-minute reserve. The air taxi will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot in its “executive” model, and three passengers and a pilot in its “VIP” model. Meanwhile, the cargo delivery aircraft is expected to have a maximum payload of 300 kilograms (660 pounds).
Results from prior tests have given the team valuable information on aerodynamics, control systems, required output of power units, and other parameters. These learnings are actively being utilized in the development of its new generation models, the Zuri 2.0 for the passenger air taxi and Zuri 2.0 Cargo for the cargo transport model.
While the company locks in its design and continues to develop the new generation model, full-scale model testing a largely hinges on the developer’s ability to secure enough funding. CEO and founder Michal Illich plans to perform 10 flight tests with its previous large-scale demonstrator and release additional footage of its development progress this year. The flight tests in February will serve to verify the design’s aerodynamic parameters and compare control systems.
Why it’s important: Zuri will begin talking with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) next year for certification, but meanwhile the aircraft is already supervised by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic. The Zuri 2.0 will primarily be used in the European market, and Illich has said the company intends on commencing operations prior to seeking eventual certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.