VOLARE GmbH, an Austrian start-up, develops a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with electric propulsion under the new brand APELEON and opens-up new opportunities where groundbased transportation has reached its limits. The aircraft combines the advantages of an airplane with those of a helicopter. The electric propulsion system allows sustainable mobility for medium range applications. With direct routes and a higher cruising speed, destinations can be connected and become accessible without the need for new and cost-intensive infrastructure. We provide a scalable and efficient solution which can be used simple and fast.
Our concept features optimised cruise performance for regional traffic, a shrouded rotor system and a minimum of moving components. As a result, users benefit from short travel times, safety and comfort. Operators gain easy ground handling and minimal maintenance and operating costs.
We see a fast potential in time critical applications like search & rescue and in commercial passenger transport (rural-air-mobility).
APELEON as a high-tech project for sustainable and flexible solutions in general and commercial aviation bases on several technologies and systems that are connected to the successful history of European space programs, especially GNSS like GALILEO and EGNOS.
Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is a concept of ICAO to define standardized and globally applicable guidelines for the use of RNAV (Area Navigation) and RNP (Required Navigation Performance).
Area Navigation (RNAV) is a method of navigation that allows aircraft to operate on any desired track within the coverage of ground- or space-based navigation aids or within the limits of the capability of self-contained systems, or a combination of these. This allows to fly a more direct route without being limited to fly inbound or outbound of ground-based beacons. This reduces flight time and thus costs and pollution and increases airspace capacity.
To meet PBN requirements a specific RNAV or RNP navigation accuracy must be met 95 % of the flight. In contrast to RNAV, required navigation performance (RNP) is a navigation specification that includes a requirement for on-board navigation performance monitoring and alerting capability (e.g. Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM)).