LYTE Aviation to set out plans for 40-seat eVTOL at HI London 2023


LYTE Aviation founder and CEO Freshta Farzam will set out her plans for a next generation, 40-seat eVTOL urban regional aircraft at Helicopter Investor’s London 2023 conference this week.

“The future face of regional aviation doesn’t have to be complex and futuristic looking,” said Farzam. Her new UK-registered company is developing a conventional airframe design for 40 passengers that will take off and land vertically like a helicopter. The heavy h/eVTOL, will be branded as SkyBus in passenger configuration and SkyTruck as a cargo variant with a 4.5 ton payload capacity.

“Unlike other next gen designs involving electric propulsion and heavy batteries, the project will be a tandem tiltwing design, with gearing allowing for forward flight and hover,” said Farzam. “This simplification means that, subject to funding, a full-scale prototype could be ready within two years.”

LYTE Aviation is partnering with British aircraft connectivity solutions specialist Inmarsat. The partnership grants the company access to advanced communication capabilities needed to operate its aircraft in continental airspace and isolated areas of the world.

The developer’s ‘reversible’ cargo modification will be in partnership with Inflight Canada, a Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approved aerospace design organisation and inflight specialist. The organisation supports aerospace projects from conception, engineering and integration through to maintenance and manufacturing. will partner LYTE for the ‘reversible’ cargo modification.

Farzam will unveil the plans in the presentation Can heavy-weight VTOLs be electrified? At 12.45 on Thursday, March 23rd.

Other content featuring eVTOLS includes Growing through a boom – lessons for electric vertical aircraft and Is the future electric? Helicopters versus electric vertical aircraft

Meanwhile, there’s still time to join leading industry professionals at our Helicopter Investor London 2023 conference at the Royal Garden Hotel on March 22nd and 23rd. Take a look at our action-packed agenda here and book your place at Helicopter Investor London 2023 here.