What is the Axe by Skyfly?

For USD 180,000 the unique electric/hybrid Axe is the only personal 2-seat eVTOL that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter as well as using its wings, land and takeoff like a conventional airplane.

Forget traffic jams: the Axe reduces travel time while letting you enjoy breath-taking views. Picture your stressful hour-long drives converting into a scenic 15-minute journey.

Arrive faster, and in style. Whether you’re commuting to work or landing at your weekend getaway, the Axe will also get you there affordably, quietly, and sustainably.

Designed around you for private use.

The Axe isn’t a flying car. It’s a time machine.

What is the range of the Axe?

The forecast maximum range as a fully electric aircraft is 100 miles (1hr at 100mph) – with the hybrid generator, it is expected to achieve three times that amount at over 300 miles. The lowest cruise speed without losing efficiency is 55mph – this also gives you maximum endurance also of 1hr 21min for a fully electric solution at max payload. This is with our existing battery technology (we expect to have significant increases in capacity in the next year). See the graph showing speed vs range/endurance/power. 

Speed Payload Endurance 
55 mph172kg (2 pax) 1 hr 21 min 
55 mph86kg (1 pax) 1hr 42 min 
90 mph172kg (2pax)1hr 3 min
90 mph86kg (1 pax) 1hr 10 min

Can I fly my Axe?

The Axe’s unique design means it can operate like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, despite being able to land and take off vertically – but don’t worry, vertical take off and landing is not like a complex and difficult to fly helicopter  – the Axe’s advanced flight control system means it can be flown easily, just like a consumer drone. 

Although eVTOL pilot licenses don’t exist yet, you can forget about waiting for regulators to catch up: the Axe can be flown with a normal private pilot’s license

Flying should be a breeze. With the Axe, it can be. 

Why is the aircraft safe?

The Axe is powered by 8 electric motors, which enable you to continue hovering even if one or two motors fail. The aircraft features a quadruple-redundant control system from Embention, one of the leading manufacturers of manned electric aircraft flight control hardware. This gives you multiple layers of redundancy in your flight control system. We are using proven systems with existing aerospace grade certification. The battery system is redundant, if one system fails, the other seamlessly takes over

In the unlikely event all motors or systems fail, the high-lift wings and mechanical linkages to the control surfaces enable the aircraft to glide to safety and land normally. The wings are set up in a unique “canard” configuration such that you cannot stall the aircraft. Finally, in the event that you have no other safe options to glide to safety, the aircraft is equipped with a ballistic parachute system. The system is activated by a lever in the cockpit which launches a rocket carrying the parachute out from the aircraft. This has been designed to carry the whole weight of the aircraft, 2 passengers, and luggage to safety.

Why is the Axe different to other eVTOL aircraft?

Wings: Whilst the Axe can take-off vertically, with our 4-winged design, the Axe in forward flight flies like a normal aeroplane – including mechanical control linkages to your control surfaces which enable you to glide and land even with a complete system failure. The wings drastically improve range (140kw of power in the hover vs 30-50kw in forward flight). 

Weight: The Axe has focussed its engineering efforts to minimise weight across the whole aircraft. This has led to an all up weight of just 650kg. This has been achieved through the use of Carbon Composite structures over the whole airframe. 

No Rotating mechanisms: Most eVTOL aircraft rely on failure-prone, complex, and maintenance-intensive rotating/tilting mechanisms for motor and rotor. But not us. The Axe does not have rotating engines or wings, saving you weight, operating costs, and purchase price compared to other eVTOLs.  

Why is the Axe crucial for other eVTOL manufacturers?

When eVTOLs become certified for autonomous operation in the coming decade or so, pilots will remain necessary for their operation. This means the industry will need to train large numbers of pilots for eVTOL flights. (80,000 pilots approximately by 2028). 

The Axe’s fixed-wing forward flight and conventional take-off capability makes it the ideal trainer for pilots to transition from fixed-wing aircraft to eVTOLs. Also, the design can train new pilots the skills and control necessary to land an aircraft without power (an essential tool). 

The Axe’s electronic flight control system and its easy VTOL transitions will smoothly introduce any new flier to eVTOL flight, whether experienced or otherwise.

And this trainer won’t break the bank. Its low weight, low purchase price, and low operating costs are yet another reason why the £2bn training market is about to receive the perfect eVTOL pilot trainer. 

Where can I use my Axe?

In most Western countries, private aircraft like the Axe can land wherever the owner of land has provided permission. Soon, a public database will allow landowners to greenlight Axe owners’ landing on their fields in exchange for a small fee – much like how festivals organise parking spots with nearby private landowners.

Since the Axe can land anywhere – and not just where there is a charger – this will quickly provide several options for any Axe owner to land in the area of their choosing.

Now, there are limits – even for the Axe. Large international airports or city centres will be off-bounds until regulation and traffic management infrastructure has matured. Upcoming infrastructure providers like Urban Air Ports, however, are already in the process of planning for ‘Urban Airports’ exclusively reserved for eVTOLS. 

 These ‘Urban Airports’ will be stopovers, where you can park your private eVTOL and switch to a larger commercial air taxi for a short commute into the city centre. These “changeover” airfields for eVTOLs will be dotted around city centres wherever land prices are low and land is readily available.

Where can I charge my Axe?

The Axe can be charged at your home – charging infrastructure is much like that of an electric car and the fast charger we offer with the aircraft will charge the aircraft from 0% to 100% in 4.5hrs – however, you will be charging normally from the existing state of charge of 20% giving you a charge time of 3.5hrs. Uniquely – the Axe has “off grid capability” – a hybrid option “range extender” in the form of a very lightweight rotary engine petrol powered 50KW generator is available – if you land somewhere where there is no charger, you can use your generator, which will keep running until the battery is full, and then switches itself off automatically – ensuring you can land anywhere, and not just where there is a charger.

eVTOL Comparison Tables 

The Axe is in a league of its own when compared to competitor aircraft.

The ability for the Axe to glide and fly to safety in the event of a total power failure is thanks to the mechanical control system directly controlling the aerodynamic surfaces of the aircraft – this is considered to be an essential function of existing helicopters and fixed wing planes – why should eVTOLs be any different? 

No “eVTOL pilots license” exists. but an existing PPL can be acquired with the Axe eVTOL as its four wings allow it to fly, land and take off like a conventional aircraft. 

What is the Axe by Skyfly?

For USD 180,00, the unique electric/hybrid Axe is the only personal 2-seat EVTOL that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter as well as using its wings, land and takeoff like a conventional airplane.

Forget traffic jams: the Axe reduces travel time while letting you enjoy breath-taking views. Picture your stressful hour-long drives converting into a scenic 15-minute journey.

Arrive faster, and in style. Whether you’re commuting to work or landing at your weekend getaway, the Axe will also get you there affordably, quietly, and sustainably.

Designed around you for private use.

The Axe isn’t a flying car. It’s a time machine.

Can I fly my Axe?

No other 2-seat eVTOL will get you into the air as quickly as the Axe.

Why? Well, the Axe’s unique design means it can operate like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, despite being able to land and take off vertically – but don’t worry, vertical take off and landing is not like a complex and difficult to fly helicopter  – the Axe’s advanced flight control system means it can be flown easily, just like a consumer drone. 

So, although eVTOL pilot licenses don’t exist yet, you can forget about waiting for regulators to catch up: the Axe can be flown with a normal private pilot’s license.

Whilst there are one-seater, low level and short endurance eVTOLs that do not require a pilots’s license, we ensure all our customers are flying with the skills and knowledge to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment at all times.

Why is the aircraft safe?

The Axe is powered by 8 electric motors, which enables you to continue hovering even if one or two motors fail. The aircraft features a quadruple-redundant control system from Embention, one of the leading manufacturers of manned electric aircraft flight control hardware. This gives you multiple layers of redundancy in your flight control system. We are using proven systems with existing aerospace grade certification. The battery system is redundant, if one system fails, the other seamlessly takes over.

In the unlikely event all motors or systems fail, the high-lift wings and mechanical linkages to the control surfaces enable the aircraft to glide to safety and land normally. The wings are set up in a unique “canard” configuration such that you cannot stall the aircraft. Finally, in the event that you have no safe options to glide to safety, the aircraft is equipped with a ballistic parachute system. The system is activated by a lever in the cockpit which launches a rocket carrying the parachute out from the aircraft. This has been designed to carry the whole weight of the aircraft, 2 passengers, and luggage to safety.

Why is the Axe different to other E-VTOL aircraft?

One word: simplicity.

Most eVTOL aircraft rely on failure-prone, complex, and maintenance-intensive rotating/tilting mechanisms for motor and rotor. But not us.

The Axe does not have rotating engines or wings, saving you weight, operating costs, and purchase price compared to other eVTOLs.  

And despite this industry-leading simplicity, we’ve ensured a forward flight efficiency of over 90%.

Flying should be a breeze. With the Axe, it can be. 

Why is the Axe crucial for other eVTOL manufacturers?

Even when eVTOLs become certified for autonomous operation in the coming decade or so, eVTOL pilots will likely remain necessary for their operation. This means the industry will need to train large numbers of pilots for eVTOL flights.

The simplicity of the Axe’s fixed-wing forward flight and conventional take-off capability makes it the ideal trainer for pilots to transition from fixed-wing aircraft to eVTOLs.

Simple to fly and safe by design, the Axe’s electronic flight control system and its easy VTOL transitions will smoothly introduce any new flier to eVTOL flight, whether experienced or otherwise.

And this trainer won’t break the bank. Its low weight, low purchase price, and low operating costs are yet another reason why the £2bn training market is about to receive the perfect eVTOL pilot trainer.

Where can I use my Axe?

In most Western countries, private aircraft like the Axe can land wherever the owner of land has provided permission. Soon, a public database will allow landowners to greenlight Axe owners’ landing on their fields in exchange for a small fee – much like how festivals organise parking spots with nearby private landowners.

Since the Axe can land anywhere – and not just where there is a charger – this will quickly provide several options for any Axe owner to land in the area of their choosing.

Now, there are limits – even for the Axe. Large international airports or city centres will be off-bounds until regulation and traffic management infrastructure has matured. Upcoming infrastructure providers like Urban Air Ports, however, are already in the process of planning for ‘Urban Airports’ exclusively reserved for eVTOLS.

These ‘Urban Airports’ will be stopovers, where you can park your private eVTOL and switch to a larger commercial air taxi for a short commute into the city centre. These “changeover” airfields for eVTOLs will be dotted around city centres wherever land prices are low and land is readily available.

Where can I charge my Axe?

The Axe can be charged at your home – charging infrastructure is much like that of an electric car. Where three phase electricity is available, charge time is around half an hour, and where single phase is available, it’s around 14 hours. The cost of chargers is comparable to that for an electric car. Uniquely – the Axe has “off grid capability” – a hybrid option “range extender” in the form of a very lightweight rotary engine petrol powered 50KW generator is available – if you land somewhere where there is no charger, you can use your generator, which will keep running until the battery is full, and then switches itself off automatically – ensuring you can land anywhere, and not just where there is a charger.

What is the range of the Axe?

The forecast maxumim range as a fully electric aircraft is 100 miles (1hr at 100mph) – with the hybrid generator, it is expected to achieve three times that amount at over 300 miles. The lowest cruise speed without losing efficiency is 55mph – this also gives you maximum endurance also of 1hr 21min for a fully electric solution at max payload. This is with our existing battery technology (we expect to have significant increases in capacity in the next year). Seee the graph showing speed vs range/endurance/power. 

Speed Payload Endurance 
55 mph172kg (2 pax) 1 hr 21 min 
55 mph86kg (1 pax) 1hr 42 min 
90 mph172kg (2pax)1hr 3 min
90 mph86kg (1 pax) 1hr 10 min

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