Vertical Aerospace, an eVTOL developer based in the U.K., has confirmed a strategic partnership with Honeywell to incorporate the supplier’s compact fly-by-wire computers onto future Vertical Aerospace aircraft.
The companies announced a memorandum of understanding to that effect on June 3, and signed an agreement on June 28. According to Vertical Aerospace, Honeywell’s triplex fly-by-wire computers will provide the performance and redundancy the company is seeking in order to certify its fully electric VTOL air taxis.
“This is the culmination of a thorough evaluation, during which we have been impressed with Honeywell’s product offering and technical capabilities. Equally important is the speed, agility, and level of support they have provided,” Vertical Aerospace chief operating officer Michael Cervenka stated in a press release.
According to Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions for Honeywell, “Rapid technology innovation is at the forefront of our surge in meeting the urban air mobility challenge. We’re excited to work with Vertical Aerospace on installing our new compact fly-by-wire system in their eVTOL platform, helping their air taxi meet all safety, maintenance, and operating objectives from prototype testing through deployment.”
Vertical Aerospace said the fly-by-wire computer will be integrated into a flying prototype in 2020. The company, which has already successfully flown one full-scale eVTOL prototype, aims to offer intercity air taxi services by 2023.