With an innovative modern design taking elements from both fast jets and VTOL aircraft, the Q-Starling is said to represent a new pinnacle in the future of sustainable aircraft design.
Combining the benefits of traditional flight with VTOL capabilities, the Q-Starling will seat two passengers and can be flown by pilots with an anticipated appropriate class rating.
Taking inspiration from classic aircraft such as the Victor, Hawk, Mustang and modern high-end sport cars, the interior also has an exclusive stylish design.
The cockpit is designed to the highest automotive standards of comfort and will include additional transparencies and synthetic vision to enhance situational awareness.
The Q-Starling will be powered by a hybrid-electric turbo-generator which will provide power for a large diameter hover fan and a fly-by-wire controlled ‘Reaction Control System’ (RCS). The turbo-generator will then provide forward thrust once the aircraft has transitioned from vertical flight.
Controlled by a comprehensive electronic flight system, the Q-Starling will have numerous and extensive safety systems in-built to prevent the aircraft from departing the flight envelope. In keeping with other ultra-light aircraft, it will feature as a ballistic recovery system.
The traditional rudder pedals have been combined with the flight system and present the pilot with a simplified side-stick control. The Q-Starling will maintain full authoritative control but having the benefit of a simplified control interface for the pilot.
The aircraft is expected to have a low entry barrier to private flight with an expected conversion requirement of around 10 hours for the average private pilot licence (PPL).
All materials used in the aircraft are made of ultra-light carbon fibre giving a higher performance capability and enabling semi-aerobatic manoeuvres due to the increased strength of the composite material and design.
Dr Seyed Mohseni, CEO of SAMAD aerospace, said: “The Q-Starling will give owners the ultimate luxury in personal hybrid-electric flying. The efficient sustainable aircraft will give passengers unparalleled point-to-point mobility options.”