VTOL Aviation India Pvt. Ltd'. is a company formed to promote advanced technology products under the 'Make In India' initiative. The company is developing battery-powered eVTOL aircraft for cargo and passenger transport - a two-seat and four-seat version. They are optionally piloted and are foreseen to have commercial and defense applications.
Stage of Development
Company Name: VTOL Aviation India, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
Headquarters: Navi Mumbai, India
Zephyr Airworks CEO: Kalyan Chowdhury
Type of Machine: Winged air taxi
Power: Battery-operated propellors.
Capacity: Designed for two or four passengers.
Speed: 100-250 km/hr for model 1, with a plan to increase for model 2.
Funding: $150 million already invested with a plan for $2 billion total from internal sources and bank loans.
Entry Into Service: Expected 2025
Our Take on VTOL Aviation India
VTOL Aviation India is striving to be the first in the aerospace sector to achieve the 'Make in India' goal - a government-launched initiative to encourage 100% of a product to be manufactured domestically. With Indian nationalism behind them, the company has been able to quickly develop small-scale, proof-of-concept prototypes for its take on urban air mobility. Kalyan Chowdhury, who has valuable experience in the Shipping and Logistics Industry, is advantageously teaming with resources at IITK that have the time and experience necessary for this project. The company seems to be well-poised to be a breakthrough for the aviation sector in India, though it does face strong international competition that is expected to be quicker to market. That being said, VTOL Aviation India has a steadfast commitment to safety with its focus on the vehicles' robust battery management system - any delay in entry into service compared to competitors could easily be outweighed by safer onboard systems.
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