Skyfly’s product can instead be certified as a “private aircraft kit build,” which makes things much easier and faster, while also drastically cutting costs. Anyone with a private pilot license can buy their own Axe eVTOL (as long as they’ve got $180,000 to spare), keep it in the garage, and operate it like any other private jet or helicopter.
The British manufacturer also boasts about its aircraft being prototype-tested and ready for series production, unlike other eVTOLs that are still just concepts. Plus, it has the huge benefit of being compatible with existing infrastructure, and being similar to very light rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in terms of regulations. This means that it doesn’t need to struggle as hard to get official approval, or to wait for dedicated infrastructure to be built.
All of these benefits are owed to the four-wing design that was developed by Skyfly’s founder, the aeronautical engineer William Brooks. This makes Axe more efficient and even safer than rotor-only eVTOLs, while enjoying similar perks as fixed-wing airplanes. And, at $180,000, it’s considered to be affordable for the private aviation market.
These qualities were impressive enough to determine Edwin Brenninkmeyer, founder and CEO of Oriens Aviation, to become a Skyfly strategic investor. Also based in the UK, Oriens Aviation is an aircraft dealership and service center, while Brenninkmeyer is an experienced investor and pilot.
He plans to use his expertise in the field, including key U.S. investments, to get the Axe eVTOL to a top position on the market. A two-seater with a fully-electric range of 100 miles (161 km) the Axe by Skyfly could also become popular as an affordable fixed-wing/eVTOL trainer aircraft, due to its unique design.
Apparently, the manufacturer has already secured hundreds of orders for this personal aircraft, with deliveries scheduled to begin at the end of 2024. In the meantime, the series production aircraft will kick off flight tests this summer.