Lyte Aviation VTOL 44-seat SkyBus flies on standard jet fuel with hydrogen-electric assistance, to cover more than 1,000 km of range. LYTE plans to manufacture a full-scale prototype of its 40-seat LA-44 Skybus by 2025, with certification targeted by 2028.
With continuous growth of our world population, demand for mass transit / cargo increases and requires a new approach. The LA-44 SkyBus will redefine intracity, intercity and regional travel.
The aircraft features a tandem tilt-wing design with mounts for four engines. LYTE says that it is designing two different propulsion systems for the aircraft, one being electrically driven hydrogen fuel cells and the other a more conventional turboprop.
The SkyBus will have a range of 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) and a maximum speed of 300 km/h (187 mph).The result is a game-changing, vertical take-off and landing vehicle, designed to be five times more fuel efficient and less noisier than current helicopters.
With proven technology since the 1960’s, while using advanced existing technologies from today, the LA-44 is going to disrupt mass passenger transit as we know it in rural and urban areas. As a SkyBus, it will transform the future of bus and train transport, and as a cargo variant, SkyTruck, it will accelerate good deliveries worldwide.