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Old April 20th 17, 02:01 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Larry Dighera
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Default Hydrogen autonomous VTOL ?ying car
Hydrogen VTOL In The Works

By Mary Grady | April 17, 2017

Metro Skyways said on Monday they plan to develop a four-passenger,
hydrogen-powered, autonomous VTOL flying car, the CityHawk. The vehicle will
initially use jet fuel, but eventually will be converted to liquid hydrogen
and then to compressed hydrogen, the company said. Development is expected
to take about five years. The company plans to use a standard FAA-approved
aviation engine, the company said, with an independent fuel system. Metro is
a subsidiary of UrbanAero, which developed the Cormorant VTOL,
on which the CityHawk will be based. The Cormorant
has logged more than 200 hours in flight test.

Although the CityHawk will initially be piloted by a human pilot, the
vehicle's flight-control and flight-management systems will be capable of a
high degree of autonomy from the outset, the company said. As the technology
and regulations mature, CityHawk said, they will eventually transport
passengers robotically. The CityHawk also will include a ballistic


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