Cranfield, 10th November 2023 – ARC Aerosystems is proud to announce the return of the
iconic Avian Pegasus gyroplane, a revolutionary aircraft that was developed in Canada
during the 1960s. The Pegasus was, and remains, the only FAA Part 27 certified gyroplane in
the world, featuring a unique jump take-off and zero-roll landing capability that makes it
ideal for advanced air mobility markets.
The decision to restore the remaining development aircraft to an airworthy state serves two
strategic aims for ARC Aerosystems:
- First, to serve as a technology demonstrator for ARC’s 9-seat Linx P9 compound gyroplane,
which is currently under development. The Linx P9 will incorporate the jump take-off
technology of the Pegasus, as well as a hybrid propulsion system and advanced flight
controls, to offer a fast, efficient, and versatile solution for regional air transport.
- Second, to explore the potential of the Pegasus as a retro solution to the modern problem
of air-taxis and urban air mobility. The Pegasus offers several advantages over the emerging
electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, such as lower noise, lower power consumption,
higher safety, and lower maintenance costs. The Pegasus is also already certified and
proven, unlike many eVTOL concepts that are still in the experimental stage.
ARC will soon begin test flights of the Pegasus in early 2024 at its facility in Cranfield. To lead
these flights, we are delighted to introduce Chris Taylor as the designated test pilot. Chris
Taylor is one of the most qualified and widely experienced test pilots in the world today,
with an impressive portfolio of over 400 different aircraft types. He is a licensed Category 1
test pilot and flight test instructor for both airplanes and helicopters and has worked for
several leading aerospace companies and organisations.
We are excited to share the progress and achievements of the Pegasus project with the
public and the media, and we invite you to follow us on our website and social media
channels for the latest updates. We believe that the Pegasus is a unique and valuable asset
for the future of aviation, and we look forward to demonstrating its capabilities.
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