Electric Helicopters

  • Fraundorfer Aeronautics multiple power source Tensor 6 seat gyrocopter flying over city, Germany, 2019.

    Fraundorfer Aeronautics Tensor

    TensorFraundorfer AeronauticsDonauworth, Germanywww.fraundorfer.aero

    Company founder and CEO Chrisoph Fraundorfer has been working on an advanced gyrocopter for the last 10 years with over 20,000 thousand labor hours using modern computational fluid dynamics analysis to optimize the rotor head and airframe.

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  • AVIC AC311 helicopter, China. Courtesy AVIC.

    China Helicopter Research and Development Institute Electric Helicopter

    China Helicopter Research and Development InstituteJingdezhen, Jiangxi province, Chinawww.hindawi.com

    While little is known about the project, Deng Jinghui, chief designer at the China Helicopter Research and Development Institute in Jingdezhen, said that they have added an electric tail rotor to an AVIC AC311 helicopter and trial demonstrations have already taken place. (The...

  • F-Helix electric helicopter concept parked at building Italy.

    Vinati F-Helix

    F-HelixVinati S.r.l.Nave, Italywww.f-helix.com

    F-Helix the creation of Mr. Vinati to make an safe and reliable all electric helicopter. Mr. Vinati on the F-Helix website says that the F-Helix electric helicopter concept is the evolution of Silvercraft SH4 helicopter, an Italian helicopter, and had purchased the Silvercraft helicopter manufacturing company in...

  • Hirobo Bit

    Hirobo Limited
    Hiroshima, Japan

    The Hirobo Bit was to be a one man version of its HX-1 electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) drone helicopter. It was announced in 2012 and displayed at the VFS Forum 69 in May 2013.

    The Bit is a co-axial main rotor with an open cockpit design with controls on the pilot/passenger seat. The vehicle can also be flown remotely. It can fly for 30 minutes with a range of 30 miles (48 km)...

  • Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

    Solution F

    Solution F
    Solution F
    Venelles, France

    In late 2009, Eric Chantriaux, the managing director of Solution F, a French-based company, and Pascal Chretien decided to design, build and fly the world’s first fully electric powered helicopter. The deadline was aggressive: 6 months from concept to prototype. Design work started in August 2010; all development was conducted in Venelles, France.

    On 4 August 2011, the...

  • Tier 1 in flight

    Tier 1 Robinson R44

    Robinson R44
    Tier 1 Engineering
    Santa Ana, California, USA

    The Tier 1 Robinson R44 electric helicopter was built under contract from Lung Biotechnology PBC as an Electrically-Powered Semi-Autonomous Rotorcraft for Organ Delivery (EPSAROD). The idea is that the Tier 1 will be able to quickly transport organs to those that need them at nearby hospitals.

    The modification of a standard Robinson R44 took...

  • Firefly Front Angle Pad

    Sikorsky Firefly (defunct)

    Stratford, Connecticut, USA

    The Sikorsky Firefly is a modified Schweizer S-300C announced on July 26, 2010 at AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, as a technology demonstration and was said to be a stepping stone to successful electric helicopters. Sikorsky had been working on the project for more than two (2) years and has never revealed the cost of the project.

    There are 300 battery...

  • The Volta in flight

    Aquinea Volta

    Pompertuzat, France

    The Aquinea Volta is an all-electric helicopter developed by the French company Aquinea and the French National School of Civil Aviation.

    Volta is a helicopter with a main rotor and a variable blade pitch. It has auto-rotation capability. The helicopter's frame was based on the ultralight helicopter prototype Microcopter MC1. The motors are produced by Enstroj...

  • Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

    From Concept to Prototype in 180 Days

    From Concept to Prototype in 180 Days

    By Pascal Chretien

    Vertiflite March/April 2012

    The Project

    The advent of high power density batteries has prompted the emergence of highly efficient electric powertrains now flying on light fixed-wing aircraft. Rotary-wing aircraft, with one of the highest power...