johannesburg-based pegasus universal aerospace was founded in 2012 by dr. reza mia with the idea of creating a small private jet with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. recently, the company did its initial hover test flight, taking a step closer to bringing the pegasus vertical business jet to live, creating the first aircraft to provide true business jet performance coupled with helicopter convenience.
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what’s impressive about the pegasus vertical business jet is that it has been designed with the capability to land on almost any surface — parking lots, heliports, yachts, or on any surface including grass or gravel, as well as on a conventional runway. this eliminates the need to travel to and from an airport, reducing travel time for passengers.
the pegasus vertical business jet with VTOL mode has a range 2,124 km (1,320 miles) and using conventional runways, it has a range of 4,400 km (2,743 miles), and has a cruise speed of is 796 km/h (495 mph) at an altitude of 10,668 m (35,000 feet). flight time is approximately three (3) hours flying time in VTOL mode and is capable of up to six and a half (6-1/2) hours flying time using conventional runways. it burns 309 liters (81.63 gallons) per hour amounting to a 60% savings of fuel compared to a standard jet. the jet will also have multiple innovations making it safe and easy to fly.
the VTOL portion of the flight will be much quieter than a helicopter due to the ducted fans using electric motors for vertical take-off and landing. the business jet is an all composite airframe with a cross-section having a wider and higher space than other private jets of the same size, allowing passengers to move around easier.
name: vertical business jet