Urban Aeronautics developing VTOL ‘Fancraft’ for emergency medical service role

PUBLISHED: 17:01 07 October 2020 | UPDATED: 17:01 07 October 2020

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The Israeli company Urban Aeronautics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US-based Hatzolah Air to develop, produce, and market its CityHawk aircraft for emergency medical service (EMS) applications

CityHawk is a revolutionary VTOL craft with a uniquely compact footprint as it has no external wings or rotors. 

It features Urban Aeronautics’ internal-rotor ‘Fancraft’ technology, which utilises powerful ducted fans.

Cormorant, an unmanned prototype intended for military use, has proven the concept through making over three hundred successful autonomous flights.

“We are excited to partner with Hatzolah Air on the development of our CityHawk EMS vehicle,” said Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics.

“Its compact size will enable it to land in the middle of a busy city street, making it a perfect fit for medical evacuation missions by dramatically decreasing the time it takes to arrive on-scene, treat and transport sick or injured patients to appropriate medical facilities.”

Hatzolah Air is the aviation division of Hatzolah, an EMS organization founded more than fifty years ago.

The CityHawk will accommodate a pilot, a patient plus companion, two EMT personnel, and a complete package of life support equipment.

Urban Aeronautics aims to achieve FAA certification for the aircraft and be ready for production within five years.

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