Honeywell and Pipistrel announced on Jan. 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and develop solutions for eVTOL. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship to collectively pursue the future of urban air mobility [UAM],” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel.
“Honeywell’s expertise in integrated avionics and flight control systems, systems integration, certification, and manufacturing, combined with our capabilities in designing and developing advanced light aircraft, makes us the perfect pairing to advance the urban air mobility market.
Pipistrel was chosen to be one of Uber’s vehicle development partners for its urban mobility solution, and our VTOL air vehicle features nextgeneration propulsion technology for achieving embedded lift. We have the concept that unlocks a cost-attractive electric VTOL opportunity by addressing efficiency and noise hurdles in vehicle lift, hover and cruise stages of flight.” The propulsion approach for Pipistrel’s five-seat Uber design has not been previously revealed, but images of what Pipistrel dismissed as an older configuration were leaked from China in January; they show a concept designated X801 with two rows of four embedded lift fans.