14-Sep-2011 Source: Aerie
â€œWe want to get in contact with customers that need a VTOL Long Endurance Aircraft for their purposes. Letâ€™s talk about it.â€
Austrian â€œin foundationâ€ company â€žAERIEâ€œ, announces its creation within the next weeks, as well as the release of its first VTOL Long Endurance product, the â€œSWIFTâ€. That will be followed by the â€œDIPTERONâ€, a advanced version with moreÂ carry capabilities, and the â€œKESTRELâ€, a complete operation system in accordance with the customers wish within the next 3 years. On www.aerie.co.at one can even have a short look on the â€œSWIFTâ€, at the beginning of an outdoor trial.
The Company wants to fill the gap on the market for Long Endurance VTOL intelligent Aircraft, starting with 24 hours using the SWIFT. â€œWe have studied the market for years. There is a need for VTOL aircraft with long endurance in the UAV market. AERIE developed their hybrid technology for that need and is now getting into this marketâ€ says Johannes Reiter, CEO of the company.Â â€œWe come from aviation and know whatâ€™s going onâ€. The team has experience in certification of General Aviation Aircraft and propulsionÂ systems. It developed a high value hybrid combination between the most efficient vertical aircraft, the helicopter, with the most efficient cruise configuration, a high wing span aircraft, like a high altitude fixed wing observer.
AERIE uses the same wings for hover and flight. This makes the SWIFT a very light weight VTOL with full abilities in both operation modes (hover and cruise).
Their team is also experienced in servicing and certification of airborne observing systems, and has a partner for processing airborne complex data.