Pegasus Vertical Business Jet

Quick Summary

The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet is a business jet that can take off land vertically, eliminating the need for runways. The VBJ takes off using two large ducted-fans that are embedded in its wings, and cruises using two traditional rear jet engines. Built with seven seats, the VBJ can also be used for medivac, marine patrol, and cargo and military missions.

Pegasus Universal Aerospace, a South African company

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details:

Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL

Powerplant: Hybrid

Range: 2700 mi (runway), 1300 mi (VTOL)

Top Speed: 470 mph

Propeller Configuration: Four large ducted-fans embedded in wings for vertical lift, two rear jet engines for horizontal thrust

Passenger/Payload Capacity: Seven-seater, 5800 lbs

Autonomy Level: Piloted

Dimensions: 47 ft wingspan, 50 ft length, 12ft height

Other Information:
Engine Type and horse power: Turboshaft x 3. (2300 shp)
Fuel burn (Kgs per hour): 309
Tank Capacity in Kgs: 2040
Endurance in hours: 6.6 hrs (runway) 3.18 hrs (VTOL)
Fixed or retractable undercarriage: Retractable
Type of construction: Composite
Lead time for ordering: 12 to 18 months from FAA certification
Standard avionics and GPS equipment as supplied: Combined helicopter & Biz Jet suite. TCAS, HUD, NTE
Intended Applications: Business Jet, Rescue, Yatch, Policing, Grass Landing.
Speeds in Knots: Cruise = 410 / Stall = 70 / VNE = 430
Weight in kgs:
MTOW = 5700KG / Empty = 3040 kg / Useful Load 2660kg
Reserve 45 minutes of flight
Cruise Height 35,000 ft

Our Take on Pegasus VBJ:

Pegasus Universal Aerospace is a fairly new company based out of South Africa, making it unique amongst VTOL developers. If anticipated performance statistics are manifested in the final version of the VBJ, the aircraft will be very impressive indeed. The VBJ's hybrid propulsion system enables it to have exceptional cruise speed and range capabilities. Pegasus has made a good amount of consistent progress since being brought to life in 2012. The progress has included completing fundraising and design, and building several small to full-scale prototypes. If all goes well, we can expect to see the VBJ in both South African and American skies within a few years.