Manta, aircraft manufacturer from Switzerland, just launched a new craft that can take off and land vertically, but in addition to that capability, their craft can also land like a traditional airplane. The required length of the runway is very short as these aircrafts can land on a strip 100 yards long. The advantage of this dual capability is an increased payload and range as planes taking off and landing vertically require much more power. The new model is designed with enthusiasts in mind as it is primarily made for joyrides.
- A Swiss manufacturer has developed a twist on eVTOL aircraft called eSTOL.
- Designed for joy riding, the new aircraft achieves a cruising speed of 186-mph.
- The manufacturer Manta believes the aircraft can be used for search-and-rescue operations.
“The advantages of the new design include increased range and payload, since using even a very short runway consumes a lot less battery power than going vertical.”