Pipistrel and Honeywell collaborating on Urban Air
By Wings Staff
Pipistrel and Honeywell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) around the exploration and development of urban air mobility. The companies will work to integrate Honeywell avionics, navigation, flight control systems connectivity, and other related products and services onto a future Pipistrel vertical takeoff and landing air vehicle to support fully autonomous operations.
By Wings Staff
“This is the beginning of a long-term relationship to collectively pursue the future of urban air mobility,” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel. “Honeywell’s expertise in integrated avionics and flight control systems, systems integration, certification and manufacturing, combined with our capabilities in designing and developing advanced light aircraft, makes us the perfect pairing to advance the urban air mobility market.”
Boscarol continues to explain Pipistrel was chosen to be one of Uber’s vehicle development partners for its urban mobility solution; and that Pipistrel’s VTOL concept features next-generation propulsion technology for achieving embedded lift. “We have the concept which unlocks cost-attractive eVTOL opportunity by addressing efficiency and noise hurdles in vehicle lift, hover and cruise stages of flight,” he said.
Pipistrel is one of the world’s leading small aircraft designers and producers, specializing in electric-powered aircraft. Pipistrel states it was the first to fly an electric two-seater in 2007 and also first-to-fly an electric four-seat airplane, which went on to win the NASA Green Flight Challenge in 2011. Pipistrel has produced more than 1,500 aircraft tob date.
“Companies looking to make breakthroughs in urban air mobility face a wide range of technical, safety, certification and business challenges that come with developing a new mode of travel in an already very dense air traffic environment,” said Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell. “An understanding of the aerospace complexities and legacy of innovative technologies can make all the difference in addressing this emerging market.”