SkyDrive Inc announced at the Paris Air Show 2023 that the company has selected Thales to provide flight control system for its production eVTOL, the SKYDRIVE. SkyDrive has been selected to participate in Advanced Air Mobility “Smart Mobility Expo” Project at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan and the company aims to fly its SKYDRIVE eVTOL aircraft at the Expo.
“Designed to be flown with one pilot and two passengers on board for intra-city flights, the SKYDRIVE requires flight control solutions securing safe flights above populated areas, according to a Thales press release. “Flight control system is one of the key elements of eVTOL aircraft. Calculating and adjusting the position of the aircraft’s control surfaces and managing engine thrust, the fly-by-wire system is a critical element of flight safety….Today, Thales FlytRise materializes a new generation of flight controls, offering the SKYDRIVE the combined benefits of proven experience and adaptation to eVTOL requirements, in particular lightness, compactness, and autonomy-readiness.”
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