EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is happening this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, drawing aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Already, some notable announcements have come out at the show, including news of a strategic partnership between Continental Aerospace Technologies and VerdeGo Aero to collaborate on hybrid-electric aerospace powertrains, and XTI Aircraft Company’s selection of GE’s Catalyst engine for its TriFan 600 VTOL business aircraft.
There are also many electric and hybrid-electric VTOL concepts on display, ranging from the fully fledged to the aspirational. Here are a few of them.
Opener announced at the show that it is donating a historic BlackFly personal eVTOL aircraft to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. On display outside the Innovation Showcase, this is BlackFly No. 12, the first V2 model to fly with a human pilot onboard.
Opener is also showing off its BlackFly V3, which has entered production. The company reported that pre-production BlackFly vehicles have now cumulatively flown over 23,000 miles during more than 2,300 flights.
After taking its Vahana Alpha Two demonstrator to the Paris Air Show in June, Airbus is now displaying it at Oshkosh.
The first demonstrator with a finished interior, the aircraft is not currently flying, but serves as a backup to the Alpha One vehicle in flight test.
Assen Aeronautics A1
Assen Andonov of Assen Aeronautics is showing off the Assen A1 “Sky Bike.” Although inspired by the need to traverse damaged roads after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the hybrid-electric ducted fan tricopter will initially be marketed for leisure and extreme sport applications.
Electric Jet Aircraft EJ-1
Electric Jet Aircraft brought its EJ1 to the show, billing it as the world’s first electric jetpack. It uses four four-engined jetpods (16 engines in total) to produces 320 pounds of thrust, and can carry a 200-pound person for a few minutes per charge. Electric Jet Aircraft is also developing a VertiCycle aircraft for the GoFly Prize, which will also serve as a proof-of-concept for an all-electric flying taxi system, the “VertiCoupe.”
Embraer X is at Oshkosh to share its vision for future urban air mobility. This is a model of the eVTOL air taxi concept it unveiled in June for Uber Elevate. EmbraerX says its fully electric aircraft concept results aims at optimization for the urban environment, considering high reliability, low operating costs, a lower noise footprint, and provisions for increasingly autonomous operation.
Beta Technologies Ava XC
Here’s the Beta Technologies team with images of Ava XC, one of the heaviest eVTOL aircraft that has flown with a human pilot onboard. If you missed our interview with Beta Technologies founder and test pilot Kyle Clark, you can read more about the flight test program here.
Want to see more from Oshkosh? Check out additional photos on the Vertical Flight Society’s Electric VTOL Facebook page.