Richard Tuthill, owner of road, rally and race car builder Tuthill Porsche,
has joined the Skyfly team. Tuthill has a fine reputation for transforming production cars into high-performance vehicles and Skyfly will apply this automotive expertise in developing its aircraft.
Scheduled to enter production in 2024, the Axe is a personal two-seat Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Its tandem- wing design, developed by aeronautical engineer Dr Bill Brooks, enables the Axe to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, or horizontally like a conventional aeroplane.
Skyfly says that the Axe will have a cruise speed of 100mph and a range of 200 miles, thanks to its hybrid generator. The company is not aiming for certification: the aircraft will be operated on a UK Permit to Fly or in the US Experimental category.