Air medical operator Hatzolah Air has placed the first order for four of Urban Aeronautics’ CityHawk VTOL aircraft, currently under development by the Israeli aerospace company.
In addition, Hatzolah Air will become Urban Aeronautics’ official sales representative and distribution channel to other EMS and rescue organizations worldwide. The companies previously signed an MOU to develop, produce, and market the CityHawk aircraft for EMS applications.
“Hatzolah’s pre-order of four air ambulance CityHawks is an amazing show of confidence in our program and in our company,” said Nimrod Golan-Yanay, who replaced founder Rafi Yoeli as CEO of Urban Aeronautics in October. “We look forward to delivering on our promise to revolutionize urban air mobility and the emergency response capabilities of major cities across the world.”
The CityHawk concept is based on Urban Aeronautics’ Fancraft technology, using two internal Safran Arriel 2N turboshaft engines to achieve vertical lift capability within a compact vehicle that can land on city streets. Urban Aeronautics hopes to certify an emergency medical variant of the concept from the Federal Aviation Administration within three to five years.
Hatzolah Air, which currently operates fixed-wing aircraft for urgent medical missions, is “excited to pioneer the VTOL alternative to ground-based ambulances in densely populated urban settings globally,” the company stated in a press release.
“We are excited to become not just the worldwide distributor of Urban Aeronautics’ Air Ambulance CityHawk, but its first customer as well,” said Eli Rowe, president of Hatzolah Air. “Hatzolah’s mission is always about patient care, and adding the VTOL CityHawk has the potential to save many thousands of lives every year.”
Urban Aeronautics is also working with hydrogen fuel cell developer HyPoint to build a hybrid-electric version of the aircraft, expected to be completed a few years later than the non-electric variant.