PRESS RELEASE - May 30, 2017
Urban Aeronautics Partners with Certification Center Canada (3C), Paving the Way for Full FAA Type Certification for Fancraft™
On May 23rd 2017, following a successful visit by the Quebec economic delegation to Israel, Urban Aeronautics and Certification Center Canada (3C) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the Honorable Phillip Couillard, Premier of Quebec, and the Honorable Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, to explore opportunities for Fancraft™ for the Canadian market.
Urban Aeronautics is developing a family of unique vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, with no external rotors, known as Fancraft™. The company has invested over 15 years in developing their revolutionary aerial vehicles in accordance with existing FAA design requirements (FAA Part 27 and Part 29).
3C is the only Design Approval Organization (DAO) approved by Transport Canada for the commercial conduct of fixed-wing and helicopter airworthiness certification programs, for both Canadian and FAA certifications.
3C and Urban Aeronautics are exploring work-share allocations for the procurement and production of Fancraft™ components and systems in Quebec. In addition, Urban Aeronautics has the intention of appointing 3C as the certification focal point for the Transport Canada and FAA Part 27 and Part 29 airworthiness and production certifications for the Fancraft™.
Due to their compact footprint, high payload, all weather capability and lack of external rotors of any kind, Fancraft™ can access locations that are inaccessible to conventional helicopters and perform a variety of transportation and emergency response missions such as air-taxi and air MedEvac. These qualities make them ideal for Canada's rugged landscape as well as intra-urban operations.
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Urban Aeronautics and 3C share a common understanding that while innovative aircraft designs may offer revolutionary capabilities, they must still meet or exceed all of the safety and certification criteria that apply to conventional aircraft. Dr. Rafi Yoeli, President and CEO of Urban Aeronautics explains, "The key to successful, revolutionary innovation in aerospace is to be able to make the technological leap without abandoning the accumulated wisdom of 100 years of aerospace development. There are no shortcuts. You can reach for the stars, but you need to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground."
Dr. John Maris, President of 3C, and past (elected) Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, couldn't agree more, "As an aerospace entrepreneur who has spent many years evaluating both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft for certification, when Rafi introduced me to Urban's Fancraft™ technology, I immediately recognized that we speak the same language. Urban's impressive team of experienced engineers have developed a revolutionary family of aircraft with groundbreaking capabilities but they have done so with a deep understanding of what it takes to meet the rigorous safety standards necessary for commercial aviation."
"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with 3C and to benefit from John's extraordinary experience in the aerospace industry", says Dr. Yoeli, "It's not often that you come across someone with a background as a test pilot and program manager, academic research and aerospace entrepreneurship who is also an extremely experienced regulatory agency Design Approval Representative (DAR 305). We look forward to working with John and 3C to insure that Fancraft™ meet the certification requirements for commercial distribution in Canada and beyond. We couldn't be in better hands."
Dr. Denis Faubert of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) said, "I see significant potential within the Quebec industrial base to partner in the development of Fancraft™ technology and generate economic benefits. We will work with our industrial and research partners to support 3C and Urban Aeronautics in this exciting endeavor".
Urban Aeronautics is the pioneer in developing manned and unmanned, internal-rotor, VTOL aircraft based on the Company's proprietary Fancraft™ technology. The Company operates through two subsidiaries: Tactical Robotics Ltd., which develops unmanned VTOL aircraft,, and Metro Skyways Ltd., which develops manned VTOL aircraft. For further information contact:
Certification Center Canada (3C) is an independent flight test, research, development and certification center providing a wide range of services to the aerospace community in Canada and around the world. Founded in 2016 and headquartered on the outskirts of Montreal — one of the largest aerospace centers in the world — 3C provides a Canada-wide centralized resource with proven management, tools, and methods to undertake civil and military aerospace projects requiring flight test and certification. For more information visit www.certcentercanada.com.
PRESS RELEASE - April 17, 2017
Metro Skyways Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Announces Four Passenger Future Hydrogen Powered VTOL Flying Car
Metro Skyways Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics plans to launch the design and development of a four-passenger, Vertical-Takeoff and Landing (VTOL), ﬂying car based on Urban Aeronautics' internal rotor, Fancraft™ technology. The vehicle will initially be powered by jet fuel, but will be designed from the outset to convert to liquid hydrogen and eventually also to 700 bar compressed hydrogen, once such options become commercially feasible. Metro Skyways Ltd (MSL), was established by Urban Aeronautics in 2013 to focus exclusively on developing Fancraft™ for the manned, civil market. MSL will develop the CityHawk under a license to utilize UrbanAero's 39 patents covering all aspects of Fancraft™ technology. CityHawk will be designed to meet FAA/EASA certiﬁcation standards for manned VTOL aircraft.
CityHawk is unique in combining a compact, car-sized design that has a four passenger capacity, no exposed rotors or wings, no batteries and potential for zero carbon emissions. Hydrogen's only byproduct is pure H2O. Perhaps most critical is that CityHawk achieves these groundbreaking qualities while meeting all design criteria that are the basis for eventual FAA/EASA certiﬁcation. This paves the way for true, unrestricted commercial viability.
The development of CityHawk is expected to take ﬁve years and draws on UrbanAero's experience in developing and ﬂight testing its one ton, unmanned Cormorant that is being developed by the company's second subsidiary, Tactical Robotics Ltd. CityHawk will be similar to Cormorant in shape and size. Cormorant has so far accumulated in excess of 200 ﬂight tests. CityHawk's ﬁrst public demonstration will take place at an airshow shortly after completion of development.
While CityHawk will initially be piloted by a human pilot, the vehicle's ﬂight control and ﬂight management systems will be capable of a high degree of autonomy from the outset. The technology is being developed and tested on Tactical Robotics' Cormorant prototype which already ﬂies fully autonomously. As the technology of autonomy and regulatory infrastructure mature, CityHawk will eventually transport passengers robotically.
CityHawk's future, groundbreaking hydrogen power may rely on direct feed of hydrogen into a state-of-the art (FAA/EASA certiﬁed) turboshaft engine as an alternative to fuel cells, power conditioners, cables and electric motors. This direct and compact conversion of hydrogen into shaft power, combined with UrbanAero's unique Fancraft™ aerodynamics, makes CityHawk's unique size and passenger capacity possible, while keeping an FAA/EASA certiﬁed primary power unit at the 'heart of the machine'.
All CityHawks will be equipped with a standard rocket deployed parachute that will bring them safely down to the ground should any ﬂight critical event occur while airborne. Urban Aeronautics is currently talking with potential partners and investors interested in participating in funding the CityHawk project.
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Our flight test program continues to refine the flight control and handling qualities of the aircraft while gradually increasing its speed. Here you will see improved stability during the takeoff and throughout the flight. You can also see that during landing the aircraft is autonomously identifying a marker on the tarmac and accurately landing alongside of it. Currently the marker is a painted plate which will soon be replaced by a small flare.