Israeli VTOL Developer Urban Aeronautics Makes Its First Sale
Urban Aeronautics, a Yavne, Israel-based developer of VTOLs (the company will use hydrogen to power its vehicles instead of electric battery-power), announced its first sale of four of its CityHawk aircraft to Hatzolah Air, a Kew Gardens, Queens, New York-based emergency medical service (EMS) provider.
Hatzolah (which means “rescue” in Hebrew) ordered four air ambulance CityHawks and agreed to become Urban Aeronautics’ official sales representative and distribution channel for the EMS and Rescue sector worldwide.
The CityHawk uses jet propulsion to power its twin-engine VTOL and is designed to transport up to five people – a pilot, a patient and their companion, and two EMS personnel along with a full range of life support equipment onboard.
Although the cabin is 20 percent to 30 percent larger than similarly sized helicopters, CityHawk sports a compact footprint to optimize landing options in urban environments or the unique topography emergency response sometimes encounters.
Urban Aeronautics is targeting FAA certification for EMS use and commercial production sometime between 2024 and 2026.