Elroy Air Unveils Prototype Autonomous eVTOL Bush Plane

Chaparral is an unmanned electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) bush plane that switches between hovering and forward flight using eight vertical fans and four swiveling propellers. Hybrid-electric power provides a range of 300 miles with a payload of 300-500 pounds. The underslung payload pod can be picked up and released at its destination autonomously. Photos and story courtesy of Elroy Air via Military & Aerospace Electronics and Theverge.com.

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