The highly anticipated Celera 500L missile aircraft set to revolutionize private aviation has been unveiled.
The Celera was developed by Otto Aviation of California and is a six-person aircraft that is said to be groundbreaking Fuel efficiency with eight times less consumption.
Still, it can fly at jet speeds with a maximum cruise speed of 460 mph, while having a range of more than 4,500 miles, twice as much as other aircraft of the same size.
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The first official pictures of the Celera 500L were released this week. The developer Otto Aviation claims that it will revolutionize private air travel with its low cost and speed
It can operate with fuel consumption of 18 to 25 miles per gallon, compared to 2-3 miles per gallon used by a comparable size jet aircraft, and reduces the hourly operating cost to $ 328 per hour.
According to a press release from Otto Aviation on Wednesday, it is the "most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class and a major step forward in the development of an emission-free air transport system".
The company also hopes the lower costs will make private travel more competitive with commercial options and open the market to a large segment of new travelers.
It could provide direct access to over 5,000 regional airports, so passengers could avoid airport congestion and get closer to their destinations.
The range and speed also make the aircraft a viable option as an air taxi that can move travelers between any two cities in the continental United States without refueling.
“Innovation at its core is the solution of a problem without conventional prejudices. Our goal was to create a private jet that would enable direct flights between any pair of cities in the US at speeds and costs comparable to commercial air travel, ”said William Otto Sr., chairman and chief scientist of Otto Aviation, in a statement.
& # 39; In many cases, individuals and families can charter the Celera 500L at prices comparable to commercial airfare, but with the added convenience of private aviation.
"We believe there will be a tremendous market opportunity when the price of private air travel is competitive with commercial air travel."
The main cabin has six premium customizable seats
The aircraft can travel more than 4,500 miles without refueling
How the Celera is compared to a jet of the same size
Otto Aviaton believes the jet can also be used for commercial operations with a low cost per pound of payload and its ability to move between US cities at high speeds, making it an option for next day cargo.
The company believes this aspect has tremendous potential, especially given the huge demand for online shopping and deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We believe the Celera 500L is the biggest event in the aviation and travel industry in 50 years," adds Otto.
'Besides using our aircraft for passenger travel, it can also be used for cargo operations and military applications. Since the results of our prototype test flights have been so promising, we are ready to bring the Celera 500L to market. & # 39;
To date, the Celera 500L has completed 31 test flights which have proven the capabilities of its unusual design.
It is powered by a RED A03 engine with a liquid-cooled V12 twin six cylinder bank and is certified to run on Jet A1 and biodiesel.
The company claims the impressive speeds are all due to laminar flow, which it explains on its website as a minimal drag solution for aircraft surfaces that has smooth layers of airflow with little to no mixing of adjacent layers.
Laminar shapes have been used for the wing and tail sections, and the fuselage uses an optimal length to width ratio.
In the cabin, the aircraft does not shy away from comfort, as the teardrop design creates space. There are six premium accommodation seats and the cabin is 6 feet 2 high.
The Celera 500L runs with eight times less fuel consumption.
The current version doesn't come with windows in the passenger cabin, but owner William Otto said the design would be the same. A draft for the model with windows is shown
The current version has no windows in the cabin, but Otto told CNN Travel they are coming.
"The windows do not affect the laminar flow because they are flush mounted and have the same contours as the outer shape of the hull," he explained.
Previously, the aircraft had experienced a remarkable level of secrecy, which was discovered during tests as early as 2017 and aroused great curiosity about its unusual design.
In 2019, it was also spotted during taxi tests with NASA pilot Scott Howe at the Southern California logistics airport in Victorville, northeast of Los Angeles.
Otto Aviation, founded in 2008 as an offshoot of Otto Laboratories by Bill Otto, launched the aircraft's website and first press release on Wednesday when they revealed their plans for the next stage of development.
While the aircraft was designed for civil and commercial operations, the website also advises that it could potentially have military uses and could be used as a drone.
Otto Aviation believes the aircraft could be used for air taxi services
"Superior cruising speed, range and waiting time open the Celera 500L for a variety of military missions including personnel travel, ISR and cargo capabilities," it said.
& # 39; The unique long-haul capability of the Celera 500L enables efficient transport to remote bases and communities that were previously only served by larger and more expensive aircraft.
"The Celera 500L has significant potential as a drone because its combination of range, speed, service cap and cost is beyond the reach of existing unmanned aerial vehicles," he adds.
The company also plans further expansion, stating that the aircraft's current design could be increased by 20 percent to accommodate more passengers and cargo.
The Celera 100L would double the cabin volume and accommodate five D-containers, a standard for larger air freight.
The next step for the company is now one more round of funding to begin the FAA certification process and set up a manufacturing facility before going on sale.
Otto believes the first commercial shipments of the Celera 500L could begin by 2025.
This is a difficult time for air travel as the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the travel and tourism industries.
Otto Aviation remains confident, however, that it will remain an ideal time for the Celera 500L to be launched. Travelers are more willing to spend money on test trips than to risk infection from strangers on a commercial flight.
"The start in the current aviation landscape has only strengthened what we want to achieve with the Celera 500L," Otto told CNN Travel. "We believe there will be a tremendous market opportunity when the price of private air travel is competitive with commercial air travel."
“Of course we didn't expect Covid-19, but there are better market opportunities if we can afford to fly only with those you choose. The ability to avoid crowded airports and lines is another great benefit, ”he added.