Canada: Urban Aeronautics Aims To Develop CityHawk eVTOL In Montreal

Israel-based Urban Aero­nau­tics (UA) is look­ing to com­plete devel­op­ment, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and assem­bly of its City­Hawk eVTOL in Mon­tre­al, Cana­da. A year ago the com­pa­ny secured an ini­tial USD10 mil­lion from pri­vate investors to assist in its devel­op­ment. This invest­ment came from the U.S., Brazil, and Israel. UA has said it hopes to raise a fur­ther USD90 mil­lion.

The com­pa­ny start­ed devel­op­ing its wing­less Fan­craft tech­nol­o­gy back in 2000 and first flew a tech­nol­o­gy demon­stra­tor three years lat­er, fol­lowed by the uncrewed 2,400 lb “Cor­morant” pro­to­type in 2009. Today, the full-scale City­Hawk craft has car­ried out well over 300 tri­al flights.


The demon­stra­tor incor­po­rates a gas tur­boshaft engine and UA expects to ini­tial­ly cer­ti­fy its air­craft in 2026 using a con­ven­tion­al propul­sion tech­nol­o­gy, even though the com­pa­ny has stat­ed it is com­mit­ted to using hydro­gen pow­er in the future (H2eVTOL). Last year UA announced an agree­ment with Hypoint to devel­op a ver­sion of the City­Hawk pow­ered by hydro­gen fuel cells. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of this vari­ant is expect­ed to be in 2030. 

The City­Hawk seats four pas­sen­gers plus a pilot. It has a flight range of 93 miles and cruise speed of 130 knots. Noise is pro­ject­ed to be 70 dBA at 700 ft. 

UA has pre-orders of four City­Hawks in an air ambu­lance con­fig­u­ra­tion from air med­ical oper­a­tor Hat­zo­lah Air and has col­lab­o­rat­ed with Sin­ga­pore-based Ascent to com­mer­cialise the air­craft for urban air mobil­i­ty. The com­pa­ny is work­ing along­side Sky­ports on ver­ti­port design.

Mean­while, the com­pa­ny is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Uni­ver­sal Avion­ics for pilot dis­plays; with Cert Cen­ter Cana­da to devel­op the aircraft’s Part 27 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion plan; and with Boe­ing to address poten­tial appli­ca­tions for the U.S. Depart­ment of Defence. 

Nim­rod Golan-Yanay

Nim­rod Golan-Yanay, CEO of City­Hawk, com­ment­ed last year, “While we know that the vig­or­ous test­ing and reg­u­la­to­ry com­pli­ance that comes with any new avi­a­tion tech­nol­o­gy is still in devel­op­ment across the globe, we are extreme­ly excit­ed and bol­stered by the mile­stones we’ve achieved in recent months that show how ide­al­ly suit­ed City­Hawk is for prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions right with­in the city itself.”

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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