Designed as a multi-purpose small, unmanned aircraft, the Aero2 is Dufour Aerospace’s first commercially available product in its tilt-wing line. It has a cruise speed of 105 mph (170 kph) and a flight time of three hours when used in its standard configuration. It is equipped with four motors that power the four propellers.
The aircraft comes with a payload capacity of 88 lb (40 kg) and a maximum take-off weight of 330 lb (150 kg). It is designed to offer the best features of both helicopters and airplanes, being capable of taking off and landing from/on the smallest spots, taking up very little space. At the same time though, it is reliable for long-range flights at high speeds.
Another notable feature of the Aero2 is its easily changeable nose cone, which allows for a quick and hassle-free reconfiguration that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. It is what makes this a flexible flying machine, with a wide variety of applications. The aircraft can be used for carrying cargo both in urban areas or remote ones, for search and rescue operations, or mapping, to offer just a few examples.
Dufour Aerospace first presented its technology last year with a test flight of a demonstrator, designed as a research platform (you can see it in the video at the end of the article.) The encouraging results led to the development of Aero2.
The Swiss manufacturer plans to start the production of its Aero2 VTOL in 2023.