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Overair completes assembly and begins testing of first full-scale Butterfly prototype

Overair today announced it has completed assembly of the first full-scale prototype of its Butterfly eVTOL aircraft. The company says this marks a pivotal milestone for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) following the validation of their full-scale propulsion technology via a 2022 truck-based test.

“This achievement signals the start of Overair’s vehicle-level testing phase at its Santa Ana, California headquarters, before moving the aircraft to its expansive flight test facility in Victorville, California” according to the press release. “Initial tests, scheduled to begin in early 2024, will focus on validating Butterfly’s propulsion systems, flight control mechanics, safety features, and operational efficiency. The testing will also assess the aircraft’s 55-decibel noise target and performance envelope across diverse flight and weather conditions.

“Born out of Karem Aircraft, Overair is leveraging decades of VTOL expertise to efficiently develop, manufacture, test and refine its vehicle as it pursues certification and operation designed to match the Federal Aviation Administration’s Advanced Air Mobility Implementation Plan. This vehicle will be the first-ever eVTOL aircraft to be built around Optimum Speed Tilt Rotor (OSTR) and Individual Blade Control (IBC) technologies.

“OSTR technology varies propeller revolutions per minute (RPM) to increase efficiency across vertical, transition, and forward flight phases and can reduce power demand at hover by 60%. IBC reduces vibration and propeller loads, enhances safety, provides smoother ride quality, and lowers maintenance costs. Together, these technologies deliver an efficient, quiet, and reliable propulsion system in almost any weather, temperature, or altitude. Additionally, with fewer moving parts than traditional tiltrotors and no single points of failure, Overair owns a unique position in the market.

“Butterfly’s signature design, largely attributable to its advanced propulsion technologies, is unique in the eVTOL market. Featuring four oversized rotors – over twice the size of those used by other eVTOL OEMs – a spacious cabin, high payload, and the quietest, most efficient operation in its class, Overair’s Butterfly will be perfectly suited for passenger, medical, cargo, and military applications.

“As Overair reaches critical aircraft development milestones with the completion and subsequent testing of its full-scale prototype, it is also focused on preparing for future operations. Overair has attracted significant market interest from customers both in commercial as well as military and across several geographies, leading to a deep understanding of the product-market fit, including the recent announcement of an SBIR award by the US Navy to further advance the IBC system.”

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