Emben­tion has more than 15 years of expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing high per­for­mance avion­ics sys­tems and motor con­trollers for elec­tric air­craft and eVTOL in com­pli­ance with DO178C and DO254 aero­nau­ti­cal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards, and col­lab­o­rate with lead­ing eVTOL man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies such as the Eng­lish com­pa­ny Skyfly.

Skyfly’s electric/hybrid Axe eVTOL is a manned fixed-wing air­craft designed to glide and take off ver­ti­cal­ly with­out the need to rotate wings or engines by inte­grat­ing the Veronte Autopi­lot 4x for advanced flight con­trols for auto­mat­ic sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

The main fea­tures of the eVTOL Axe are canard fixed wing design, 9:1 glide ratio, and non-rotat­ing wings and engines to reduce com­plex­i­ty, fail­ure and weight, as well as Veronte Autopi­lot 4x redun­dant flight con­trol sys­tem, four redun­dant flight sys­tems, eight elec­tric motors (two per wing for hov­er redun­dan­cy), and 16 redun­dant lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies.

Axe is sched­uled to com­plete its first manned flights lat­er this year and start pro­duc­tion in 2024, and will oper­ate like a pri­vate heli­copter, avoid­ing traf­fic jams, reduc­ing trav­el time and min­imis­ing pol­lu­tion.

Autopi­lot 4x com­pli­ance with DO178C and DO254 enables eVTOL cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for inte­gra­tion into UAM envi­ron­ments. In addi­tion, the sys­tem has suc­cess­ful­ly passed envi­ron­men­tal tests accord­ing to DO160 / MIL-STD-810 and pro­vides mean time between fail­ure (MTBF) data, Accep­tance Test Report (ATR) and oth­er cer­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­men­ta­tion.

It is designed for inte­gra­tion into crit­i­cal sys­tems and suit­able for eVTOL by incor­po­rat­ing advanced func­tions for both ful­ly autonomous flight and fly-by-wire flight con­trol by a pilot.

The redun­dan­cy of the Veronte 4x Autopi­lot is man­aged by a dif­fer­ent arbi­tra­tion sys­tem, there is no sin­gle point of fail­ure, and it is reli­able even in the event of arbi­tra­tor fail­ure.

The design of Axe focus­es on pilot safe­ty, and in addi­tion to using an advanced flight con­troller such as the Veronte Autopi­lot 4x, the air­craft is inte­grat­ed with com­po­nents that have been exten­sive­ly test­ed in tra­di­tion­al aero­nau­ti­cal design.

In Octo­ber 2020, Emben­tion launched its Veronte Autopi­lot 4x, a redun­dant flight con­troller ready for eVTOL air­craft cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and capa­ble of con­trol­ling unmanned fixed-wing, mul­ti­ro­tor and hybrid VTOL air­craft.

Skyfly’s two-seat Axe EVTOL air­craft can take off and land con­ven­tion­al­ly in just 50 metres, but it can also take off and land ver­ti­cal­ly with­out a run­way, like the top deck of a yacht.