The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

The founders of Astro Aerospace first flew this "passenger drone" eVTOL in mid-2017 before looking to sell it.

Astro Aerospace bought the project in May 2018 and named it AA360, later renaming it Elroy before unveiling a range of improvements including making it foldable so it can fit in the average garage.

With 16 rotors supporting a composite body and two occupants, touchscreen controls are used rather than manual controls, ELROY is designed to be a low-noise/zero emissions, easy-to-operate craft flying 20-25 minutes at around 60mph.

Outlook

Our objective assessment of this program’s probable success.

FutureFlight assesses the probability of success for a new aircraft program by considering the following criteria:

  • Total investment funds available in proportion to the anticipated cost of getting an aircraft certified and in service
  • A company’s in-house capability (in terms of numbers of engineers, technical staff, and customer support teams)
  • The past experience of the company and its senior leadership in developing aircraft
  • The caliber and past experience of key program partners
  • Whether key aircraft systems have been selected and are available for use
  • Whether the preliminary design review has been completed
  • Whether the design for the full-scale prototype has been completed
  • Whether the type certification process has been formally initiated with an appropriate regulator
  • Whether the company has achieved a first flight with a full-scale prototype
  • The number of hours logged in a flight test program
  • Whether type certification has been achieved
  • The number of orders and commitment received for the aircraft
  • Whether the company has adequate facilities to begin series production of the aircraft
Our Methodology

Given the announcement of a range of improvements, this program seems to moving towards a point where it can be produced and sold but little is known about the extent of financial backing and requirements for certification at this stage.