SkyDrive will showcase its ultra-light and compact SD-03 flying vehicle that requires no runway at GITEX 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Center on 10-14 October. SkyDrive aims to start an air taxi service at World Expo 2025.

Designed to vertically take off and land with ‘superb’ stability, SkyDrive successfully tested for piloted flight in August 2020 with its SD-03 model, advancing toward commercialisation with the Japanese transportation ministry’s acceptance of its type certificate application of the SD-05 in October 2021.

The company claims this is a major milestone that no other flying vehicle developer has reached in Japan.

SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said: “As one of our strategic markets, we are willing to ensure the Middle East is aware of our latest developments and progress.

“SkyDrive’s emission-free flying vehicles are designed to be able to take off from and land in small spaces like parking lots and helipads atop buildings, making flying vehicles a realistic choice of daily transportation.”

The SkyDrive SD-03 is a technical demonstration model for the new, two-seater SD-05, which is currently under development as an air taxi for World Expo 2025 at Osaka, Kansai in Japan, where visitors will be able to board a full-scale SD-03 and experience the pilot seat of future air mobility.

In May, SkyDrive reached an agreement with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to base the type certification for the company’s SD-05 flying car.

The certification basis refers to the JCAB Airworthiness Inspection Manual (AIM) Part II Revision 61. It relates to SkyDrive’s SD-05 two-seat flying car, for which MLIT accepted an application for type certification in October 2021, to launch an air taxi service in 2025.

Revision 61 is the newest version of AIM Part II defines airworthiness conditions for fixed-wing aircraft that carry up to 19 passengers and have a takeoff weight of 8,618 kg or under.

It allows flexibility in the shape of the airframe and aircraft system. It also establishes standards for testing strength, structure, and performance to validate the safety of the aircraft and its components.