Neva AirQuad One


Quick Summary

The Neva AirQuad One is a personal hover bike capable of carrying payloads of up to 100kg that weighs around 500kg. The AirQuad One will apply for Light Aircraft Certification with the FAA and EASA.



Neva Aerospace, a Brighton, UK company






Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

From the Neva Website:

AirQuad One, the first “flying quad”, is a fully-electrical vehicle expected to weigh around 500 kg and carry payloads of up to 100kg. It is expected to be certified under Light Aircraft certification within the USA(FAA) and EU (EASA).

FLIGHT TIMES:
20 to 30 minutes
LINEAR FLIGHT SPEED:
up to 80 Km/h
ALTITUDES:
up to 3 000 ft.

The 100+kg battery pack is anticipated to be compatible with electric cars’ recharging stations, via direct wire connection, induction or a battery pack switch.

Its unmanned version should be able to lift payload up to 100kg, and replace cranes and helicopters or emergency cars.

Indoor Flight and Warehouse Management

Personal transport

Outdoor flight within regulated airspace

Outdoor flight within regulated airspace

Integration with other mahcine and Human Teams

Extreme sports and leisure

Powerful VTOL and smooth transition to linear flight

Intrinsically safe with no uncaged blades

Neva’s patented 3D distributed thrust technology

Neva is now working with regulators and pilots to seek light aircraft certification within the USA(FAA) and EU (EASA) for the first users. Neva AirQuad One will have 24/7 traffic management support when flying, with an emergency satcom connection.

Neva Aerospace is committed to developing sustainable solutions and AirQuad One will be manufactured using recycled carbon.

Underlying technology:

AirQuad One’s power and endurance are made possible by the technology Neva Aerospace has conceived and developed. Neva’s static thrust electric turbofans (ETFs) will provide for manned and unmanned vehicles with payload capabilities up to 100Kg.

A hybrid version of AirQuad One will,we anticipate, be able to provide flight time around 60 minutes, based on current battery technology.

Our team continues research & development in the UK and in Germany to achieve the expected specifications.

Neva’s static thrust and semi-dynamic electric turbofans (ETFs) are designed to optimise the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) that is a pre-requisite for the use of UAVs and personal aircraft in crowded industrial and urban skies. Unlike a standard electric ducted fan (EDF), a Neva electric turbofan (ETF) has a specifically calculated shaped inner shroud.

Applications:
  • Extreme Sports & Leisure
  • In-city parcel transportation
  • Robotic maintenance
  • Active defence
  • Heavy static heavy lift
Customers:
  • Extreme sports
  • Private pilot
  • Transport companies
  • Private & public Security Forces


Our Take on the AirQuad One


The AirQuad One has a large amount of backing, mostly due to Neva Aerospace being an industrial consortium that has considerable resources (financial and physical) at its disposal to aid in production of the AirQuad. Neva's comments on their consortium:

Neva Aerospace is a European consortium based in the United Kingdom. It partners with key clients, technology suppliers, and financial institutions to develop technologies for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), unmanned air cargo (UAC), aerial robotic platforms (ARP), and electric aviation. It owns a portfolio of patents and technologies which are among the most advanced worldwide. As of January 2016 Neva Consortium counts 5 companies with more than 100 people.

Due to the large amount of support from Neva's holdings, the AirQuad One may come to fruition earlier than expected, although no test flights have occurred yet.