Chennai startup unveils Asia’s ‘first’ flying car concept, aviation minister reviews model
A Chennai-based startup introduced the conceptual model of a hybrid flying car. The model of the flying car was reviewed by Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday.
Speaking to Twitter, Jyotiraditya Scindia said he was delighted to have been introduced to the concept model that would soon become “Asia’s first hybrid flying car”.
“Once this takes off, the flying cars will be used to transport people and goods, as well as to provide emergency medical services. Best wishes to the team,” Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.
The hybrid car model, Vinata, was developed by Vinata Aeromobility. Startup CEO Yogesh Iyer said the name was chosen after extensive research and meant “mother of all birds.”
“Vinata comes from an ancient myth. We are working with a flying car, so we did a lot of research and decided with Vinata what means mother of birds, to be precise, Garuda’s mother,” Yogesh Iyer said.
The flying car concept is expected to become a prototype within the next two years. On the specification side, the flying car will have eight coaxial rotors and a hybrid engine running on biofuel and battery.
The curb weight is estimated at 900 kilos with a load capacity of 250 kilos, traveling at a speed of 120 km / h for 60 minutes.
“It will be a two-seater and will run on biofuel with VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) capability. You can land it anywhere and take off,” Yogesh Iyer said.
Yogesh also said the recent drone policies of 2021 are very encouraging, which may make India a hub for drones.
“We wanted our product to be the symbol of Make In India and that is why we decided that our Minister of Civil Aviation should unveil it before showing it to the world,” Yogesh said.
Yogesh Iyer also said that after the Helitech exhibition, the prototype manufacturing process will begin and testing will begin by 2023.