PAV-X designed this 12-propeller wingless eVTOL for the purpose of transporting individuals short distances or as a recreational vehicle. It features a large cockpit canopy with an impressive field of view, and was designed to rely on either an all-electric or hybrid-electric powerplant. PAV-X has since established itself as a new company under the name of Espirit Aeronautics and a new version of its eVTOL, named the Lancer ePAV, is currently under development.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Wingless VTOL
Powerplant: All-Electric or Hybrid-Electric
Top Speed: Undisclosed
Propeller Configuration: six (6) sets of two (2) propellers each; Three blades per propeller
Passenger/Payload Capacity: Single Pilot/Passenger
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Dimensions: 10 ft width; 10 ft height; 6 ft length
Weight: 370 lb (dry); 617 lb (RTF)
Endurance: 15 min (battery); 75 min (hybrid)
Our Take on PAVX
PAV-X has a sleek design, reasonable performance estimates, and a great looking mockup of their prototype - yet profitability may be a concern considering that their PAVX only carries one person. The company may be aiming for the luxury high-end market where they mainly adopt a B2C structure, but scalability would seem to mandate a commercially applicable platform. As of September 2018, the company closed and a new company called Esprit Aeronautics Limited was established in October 2018.