The JETcopter VTOL concept is a 7 seat, counter-rotating blade, dual 400hp automotive engine aircraft that will reportedly be sold for $350,000. A full size mock-up of the aircraft was on display at Aero, Europe's largest aviation trade show, in April of 2019. A cargo version of the aircraft will be built first and used also for demonstration flights.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL, Intercity
Powerplant: Gasoline combustion using two 500hp converted automotive motors
Range: 620 miles
Top Speed: 174 mph
Propeller Configuration: Airflow intake from 2 counter-rotating ducted fans (on roof) will be diverted to 4 end points, where thrust can be vectored to any direction
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot, 6 passengers, 1587 lb
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Wingspan/Dimensions: 32 ft 9.7 in (10.00 m) wing span, 21 ft 4 in (6.50 m) length, 9 ft 2.2 in (2.80 m) height
Construction: Carbon-fiber body with a size suitable for parking in a van garage.
Maneuverability: Ability to hover in air similar to a drone, and drive on the road similar to a van.
Empty weight: 2,645 lb (1,200 kg)
Fuel weight: 617 lb (280 l )
Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 4,850 lb (2,200 kg)
Width without wings: 8 ft 24 in (2.50 m)
Cost (est.): $350,000
Our Take on JETCopter:
The announcement of the JETcopter VTOL concept, and the presence of an aircraft mock-up at Aero (Europe's largest aviation trade event) indicates that JETcopter is serious about making a foray into the VTOL space. Their aircraft is currently powered by two 500hp piston automotive engines so as to not further complicate the design with unproven powerplant technology, but the configuration could likely change as battery technology advances. Furthermore, the relatively low price of the VTOL means that it will be accessible by a larger array of customers, both private as well as to companies who intend to serve as commercial operators. Stay tuned to the publicity and announcements that the company makes for an indication of future progress.
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