Pipistrel announced it is taking “a step sideways” from its 801 eVTOL air taxi concept to focus on a cost-effective cargo drone.
The company is teaming with APUS and the Brandenburg University of Technology on the demonstrator, which will use Rolls-Royce’s M250 gas turbine engine.
XTI Aircraft Company is exploring options for future assembly and support of its hybrid-electric TriFan 600 in Guizhou Province, China.
The Chaparral aerial cargo system proves that a talented small team can build a “world-class” VTOL aircraft, said Elroy Air CEO David Merrill.
XTI said the patent for its hybrid-electric TriFan 600 will increase the value of its IP assets and allow it to continue to expand its global market.
Crowdfunding has been “an important source of working capital” for XTI, but the company said its focus and financing plans have been evolving.