Israeli Company Urban Aeronautics have started flying their ducted fan load lifter after a major refit.

The AirMule prototype has recently resumed its flight testing after a systems and structural upgrade that lasted 4 months. The vehicle is now flying with an expanded sensors suite and the new, energy absorbing wheeled landing gear.

This landing gear has been tested and shown to accommodate the full spectrum of the FAA’s FAR 27 landing requirements. In addition, aerodynamic improvements were made at the vehicle’s lower fuselage for improving its control response in gusty wind conditions. Initial results from the tests look very promising


By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.