LYTE Aviation Unveils SkyBus and SkyTruck Hybrid eVTOL

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Today, advanced air mobility innovator LYTE Aviation unveiled its 40-seat (hybrid) eVTOL SkyBus and SkyTruck programme. Its LA-44 SkyBus, an eVTOL vehicle designed to be five times more fuel efficient than current helicopters, and SkyTruck cargo variant, designed around a 4.5 tonne payload, are the result of three years’ R&D.

Built primarily with currently available technology, the SkyBus will possess a 1,000 km range and a max speed of 300 km/hr. It utilizes two propulsion systems, one of which is electric and powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and the other turbine powered by jet fuel / SAF.

The LA-44 is a hybrid electric tandem tilt-wing design powered by four conventional turbine engines running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It also utilizes four electric motors at the wingtips for greater control and stability, powered by hydrogen fuel cells. A full-scale…