Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC)
Pudong, Shanghai, China
Founded in May 2008, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer established headquartered in Shanghai, China. According to one source online, the company has a registered capital of RMB 19 billion ($2.7 billion USD as of May 2008). The corporation designs and manufacturers three different large jetliners, named the ARJ21 Xiangfeng, C919, CR929. The largest proposed jetliner the company will make is currently called the C939.
During a December 8-10, 2020 virtual conference called the "2020 Online E Flight Forum" with a verbose tag line: "The first forum on electric aviation in China, VTOL-, LSA-, Hybrid, Engine-, Battery-, Manufacturers, Regulators, Investors, from around the world." While the online event had some technical problems, it was revealed that the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China is in the process of making an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
In a surprise announcement during the conference, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China revealed they are well on its way in making an eVTOL aircraft. During the online conference, the company had pictures and graphics of a ½ sub-scale demonstrator. The subscale prototype is reminiscent of small private plane and has a high main wing, a rear T-tail, two booms on the high wing (near the fuselage, each boom with four fixed VTOL propellers) and a pusher propeller for forward flight.
The aircraft has a vertically tall wrap around window for good views for the pilot and passengers. Artist conceptions reveal the company has looked at both fixed wheeled landing gear and fixed skid type landing gear. It is not known yet if the aircraft will be piloted at first, with future plans for autonomous flight. We don't know the proposed name for their eVTOL as this time.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft demonstrator
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: Demonstrator 0 passengers. Production aircraft are planned for 1, 4 and a 19 seat version
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 9 - 8 for VTOL flight, 1 pusher propeller for forward flight
- Electric Motors: 9
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: Panoramic windows with wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right visibility, for spectacular views
- Wings: 1 high wing with two booms on the wing (close to the fuselage), each boom with four stationary VTOL propellers
- Landing gear: Fixed wheeled landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft can also land like an airplane on a runway in case the VTOL propellers stop working.
- Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China website
- Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Wikipedia
- Article: Working with China, Royal Aeronautical Society, June 26, 2020