The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

California-based Metro Hop has been working on designs for fixed wing, short takeoff and landing aircraft since January 2018. It is planning both cargo- and passenger-carrying aircraft and says that these will be able takeoff and land in as little as 200 feet. The aircraft are expected to have a range of up to around 100 miles and a top speed of 250 mph.


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

Metro Hop has yet to publish any detailed timeline for its program.

Key Personnel

Bruno Mombrinie, CEO of Metro Hop (Photo: Metro Hop)
Bruno Mombrinie

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Founder