Imaginactive Onyx

Quick Summary

Designed by Charles Champagne and Jorge Ciprian of Imaginactive, the Onyx has six rotors: four in the front and two in the back. Each rotor set-up has one propeller on each side, making for a total of twelve rotors on the Onyx. Despite its compact SUV size, the Onyx can comfortably fit two passengers and is designed to fit in a standard parking space.

Imaginactive was founded in 2013 by Charles Bombardier. It is structured as a non-profit organization and it is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Company Name: Imaginactive

Headquarters: Monteal, Quebec, Canada.

Imaginactive CEO: Charles Bombardier

Product NameOnyx

Type of Machine: Compact wingless eVTOL

Power: All-electric, with interchangeable battery packs for all-day urban transportation.

Capacity: Designed for two passengers.

Propulsion: Six pairs of contra-rotating props.

Our Take on Onyx

Although there still exists major regulatory barriers to employing a craft like the Onyx, companies like Uber, Boeing, and more are already working with government entities in multiple countries to set standards and rules for these aircraft. Particularly, NASA has recently set up the Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge series, the first event of which will take place in 2020 and will give companies the opportunity to exhibit the airworthiness of their aircraft and begin laying the benchmarks for regulatory law. The unique versatility of its design to be compatible with typical automobile parking spots does perhaps enhance Onyx's integrability in the commuter lifestyle and requires minimal infrastructure development compared to other eVTOLs. While there has been no news yet from Imaginactive about whether the Onyx will be brought into the prototyping stage, the spread of this kind of design thinking shows the continuing proliferation of the world’s focus on eVTOL transportation.