Earlier this year Revolution Aerospace (RevAero) announced the expansion of their Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) based cargo delivery capability, with the procurement of the ANAVIA HT-100; lifting payloads over 55kg and with over 4 hours of endurance. Our EATP Project Director, Guy Morris, was recently in Switzerland to oversee our aircraft's first flight, prior to final acceptance and delivery to Australia.
The platform significantly enhances RevAero’s intent to transport meaningful payloads out to regional and remote communities and is a critical enabler for an 18-month program being undertaken with the support of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication, and the Arts (DITRDCA) under the Emerging Aviation Technologies Program (EATP). The project is titled ‘Regional Aerial Logistics and Air Taxi Operations with Unified Traffic Management’, where RevAero will demonstrate how the distribution of people and product can be achieved, at scale.
During the visit, the RevAero team were invited to the ANAVIA Factory in Näfels, Switzerland and witnessed the HT-100’s first flight. The aircraft was put through its paces for initial calibration, basic hovering and multiple flight manoeuvres.
Image: The RevAero livery stood proud against the backdrop of the Swiss Alpine ranges and will be at home against the Australian landscape when it lands this month.
Prior to the conduct of RevAero’s capstone activity, the RevAero HT-100 will undertake several Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in Australia advancing RevAero’s test methodologies and building a layered safety case toward the eventual demonstration. The RevAero capstone trial includes a wide-scale demonstration in the Whitsunday region in early 2024, showcasing end-to-end delivery of cargo, incorporating a variety of drone types, delivery distances and scenarios, in complex uncontrolled airspace environments.
The RevAero mission of “Benefitting society through revolutionary advances in autonomous systems technologies” is firmly aligned with the purpose of the EATP program, exploring the utility of emerging aviation technologies to address community needs, particularly in regional Australia.
Revolution Aerospace (RevAero) - As the consortium lead, the collective experience of the RevAero team in the autonomous systems sector, particularly Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM), is fundamental to the deployment and scaling of emerging aviation technology across regional Australia. Since establishment in 2021, RevAero has a team of 20 dedicated engineers, researchers, and subject matter experts (SMEs) in autonomous systems. RevAero co-founders, Dr Terry Martin (CEO) and Mr Kristian Cruickshank (CTO) hold a wealth of experience leading and managing large-scale Emerging Aviation Technologies projects with governments and partners across the globe.
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ANAVIA, Switzerland - Is a Swiss based aviation company specializing in the design, development & manufacturing of vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) systems of up to 500 kilograms. The company offers industry leading uncrewed helicopter systems for various mission profiles such as Surveillance & Reconnaissance, Inspection or Cargo.
For further information on ANAVIA, queries can be sent to Info@anavia.eu