A new British aviation company, ARC Aerosystems, recently revealed its latest design – the ARC Linx P9. Its aircraft is described as a ‘passenger-carrying cross’ between a large autogyro and a fixed-wing aircraft. ARC claim the Linx P9 has the performance of a fixed- wing utility aircraft with the flexibility of a helicopter and is specifically designed to address the challenging needs of regional air mobility. The Linx P9 is claimed to be of a similar size to an AW109 and has a large cabin capable of carrying up to nine passengers, more than double the payload of contemporary eVTOL air taxis.
Fitted with a single rotor and powered by twin turboprop engines that can run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), it is claimed that the lightweight, low drag composite airframe will cruise at over 160kt and have a top speed of 200kt, a ceiling of 13,000 feet and a maximum range of 512nm.
Previously known as Samad Aerospace, ARC is based at Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire.