Pipistrel and Honeywell Will Collaborate on Autonomous VTOL Technologies

The joint venture brings decades of Honeywell technology experience to new urban aircraft. Pipistrel

Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel announced the beginning of a long-term relationship with Honeywell to collectively explore and develop solutions for the urban air mobility market. As part of their collective effort outlined in a recent memorandum of understanding, the companies will work together to integrate Honeywell avionics, navigation, flight control systems connectivity, and other beneficial products and services onto a future Pipistrel vertical takeoff and landing air vehicle to support fully autonomous operations.

Boscarol said, “Pipistrel was chosen to be one of Uber’s vehicle development partners for their urban mobility solution, and our VTOL features next generation propulsion technology for achieving embedded lift. We have the concept which unlocks cost-attractive eVTOL opportunity by addressing efficiency and noise hurdles in vehicle lift, hover, and cruise stages of flight.”

Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions at Honeywell added, "An understanding of the aerospace complexities and legacy of innovative technologies can make all the difference in addressing this emerging market. Pipistrel is a well-known leader in the light-aircraft space, and this is an excellent opportunity to support its vision of a future vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with our industry-leading avionics, flight control systems, and other potential products and services."

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