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Pivotal unveils Helix as first scalable production aircraft
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Like BlackFly, its pre-production predecessor, the Helix offers a distinctive tilt-aircraft architecture, simple user interface, and safety based on fault tolerance and triple modular redundancy.

Opener, a developer of light electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, has announced Helix, its first scalable production vehicle, and unveiled a new corporate identity. Now named Pivotal, it is building the BlackFly, which it says is the first eVTOL of its kind to be sold and delivered to customers.

“With Helix, we become the leading manufacturer of light eVTOL aircraft,” says Ken Karklin, CEO, Pivotal. "Helix presents the next iteration of 10+ years of innovating, testing, and delivering on the promise to give individuals access to small, yet mighty aircraft. Pivotal reflects our mission to transform movement with the power of flight. The new identity shows the versatility of our system architecture and encapsulates both the exhilaration and utility of flight.”

The base price for a Helix aircraft is $190,000. Beginning on January 9, 2024, Pivotal customers will be able to place orders with a deposit of 25% of the purchase price. First customer shipments commence on June 10, 2024. Based on delivery timing, customers will select their available training dates. Pricing for options and accessories will be rolled out as they become available.

Built on Pivotal's fourth-generation eVTOL platform, the Helix is aimed at individuals who want to take to the sky for recreation and short-hop travel. Like BlackFly, its pre-production predecessor, the Helix offers a distinctive tilt-aircraft architecture, simple user interface, and safety based on fault tolerance and triple modular redundancy. In addition, the Helix offers power and propulsion improvements delivering a more robust operational flight envelope; updated digital electronics hardware, enabling new levels of robustness and reliability; a weight and durability optimised aerostructure exceeding industry best practice safety factors; and a companion smartphone app integrating owner and pilot experience while simplifying pre-flight checks, capturing flight history and managing charging and aircraft service.

It has a redesigned canopy and flight deck featuring with an integrated display and improvements in comfort and safety, enhanced non-flight-cloud connectivity to improve maintenance, vehicle telematics, charging and owner asset management, a durable livery reducing the effects of weather, age and solar loading while extending the life of the structure and improving pilot comfort, and product options including a transport trailer, fast charging, aviation or GSM radios, ADS-B, custom liveries, and beacon lights.

Designed to comply with FAA Part 103 (Ultralight) category in the US, pilots can fly the Helix in Class G airspace over uncongested areas in the daytime and are not required to have a pilot license. Pivotal customers must complete comprehensive initial and recurrent flight training to support safe operations in all situations, from the everyday to the unexpected.

“Pivotal is fulfilling the dream of many people, and I want to participate in defining this space,” comments Clark Thompson, one of Pivotal's Early Access customers. “I've been following the evolution of eVTOL aircraft for quite some time. Pivotal is the only company delivering an intelligent, powerful, and capable recreational product to the market. I'm eager to be a part of the Pivotal pilot community, take my aircraft out, and share my experiences.”

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Pivotal Helix
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