SAMAD Aerospace has completed hover tests for the second prototype of its eStarling eVTOL aircraft.

Previous testing has developed conventional take-off and landing of the prototype. The company said recent tethered hover tests followed by full hover tests demonstrated a very agile and stable prototype with hovering and helicopter moves.

This month’s hover tests were performed over a crane system, and they focused on the validation of the flight control system in hovering mode.  The aircraft consumed 65 per cent of the available power to take off and hover with a healthy power surplus for adverse weather conditions.

Dr. Seyed Mohseni, CEO of SAMAD Aerospace, said: “The importance of these recent flight tests is the initial validation of autopilot that has been developed by the SAMAD Aerospace team.”

Designed for intercity transport, the eStarling aircraft will combine a helicopter’s vertical ability to take off and land from almost anywhere, with the speed and range of a business jet.  

With a semi blended wing body design and powered by sustainable aviation fuel, SAMAD Aerospace has said its eStarling will be the fastest hybrid electric eVTOL aircraft in the world with the longest range. With a cruising speed of 300mph and a range of 800 miles, it will transport passengers from helipad to helipad.

Available to pre-order now for delivery in 2026, the eStarling aims to reduce total travel time by utilising locations much closer to the customer’s point of departure and destination, including remote locations.