Research predicts first commercial urban air mobility passenger routes and main initial uses for eVTOLs

A new sur­vey of pri­vate equi­ty and ven­ture cap­i­tal pro­fes­sion­als com­mis­sioned by Hori­zon Air­craft reveals that 41 per­cent believe the first urban air mobil­i­ty pas­sen­ger routes will be oper­a­tional with­in the next two years.

Twen­ty sev­en per­cent of pro­fes­sion­al investors believe the first prac­ti­cal use of pilot­ed eVTOL air­craft will be search and res­cue, fol­lowed by 20 per­cent who said remote sup­ply and 15 per­cent who said organ trans­port.

Over­all, 93 per­cent believe that the grow­ing glob­al demand for bet­ter and more effi­cient trans­porta­tion sys­tems, the increas­ing num­ber of vehi­cles oper­at­ing on the roads caus­ing seri­ous envi­ron­men­tal impact, and advances in tech­nol­o­gy improv­ing the safe­ty and via­bil­i­ty of eVTOLs, will result in a rapid­ly improv­ing reg­u­la­to­ry envi­ron­ment for the eVTOL mar­ket over the next five years.

When asked which five coun­tries will have the biggest and most advanced eVTOL mar­kets in 2030, 59 per­cent cit­ed the USA, 52 per­cent said Cana­da, 41 per­cent said the UK, 37 per­cent said France and 35 per­cent said Chi­na.

Bran­don Robin­son, CEO of Hori­zon Air­craft said: “Our research high­lights the vari­ety of
ways in which eVTOLs can be used – from search and res­cue to remote sup­ply, pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion, and mil­i­tary mis­sions.

“This is one of the key rea­sons why the sec­tor is attract­ing so much invest­ment, and it will be those air­craft that can be used for mul­ti­ple pur­pos­es that will attract much of this financ­ing.”

Hori­zon Air­craft and its flag­ship Cavorite X5 design has won sev­er­al grants, a US Depart­ment of Defence advanced research and devel­op­ment con­tract award, being ahead of its com­peti­tors with its large-scale pro­to­type already fly­ing.

Hori­zon Air­craft is cur­rent­ly flight test­ing its half-scale pro­to­type while con­tin­u­ing to devel­op a detailed design for a full-scale air­craft that allows its Cavorite X5 to fly 98% of its mis­sion in a very low-drag con­fig­u­ra­tion like a tra­di­tion­al air­craft.

Fly­ing most of the time as a nor­mal air­craft is claimed to be safer and will make the air­craft eas­i­er to cer­ti­fy than rad­i­cal new eVTOL designs. The full-scale air­craft will also be pow­ered by a hybrid elec­tric sys­tem that can recharge the bat­tery in-flight while pro­vid­ing addi­tion­al sys­tem redun­dan­cy.

Hori­zon Air­craft has com­plet­ed more than 200 test flights using a sub-scale pro­to­type of its Cavorite X5 hybrid-elec­tric eVTOL air­craft.

Hori­zon Air­craft reach­es flight test mile­stone with its sub-scale Cavorite X5 pro­to­type

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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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