Aeroswitch – distributed propulsion aircraft for flight schools
AeroSwitch is a system which exploits distributed electric propulsion in order to design a Multi-Engine light aircraft capable of simulating the behaviour of a Single-Engine aircraft during the flight. Such versatility allows multiple training scenarios using the same vehicle, with a drastic impact on operating costs, and ensuring a higher safety and environmental sustainability (chemical and acoustic emissions), compared to existing aircrafts.
AeroSwitch is a system developed to meet the needs of Flight Schools to train pilots on Single-Engine and Multiple-Engine aircrafts. Exploiting the architecture with multiple propulsive electric engines and a dedicated control system, AeroSwitch eliminates the Single-Engine / Multi-Engine dualism, solving the safety issues related to the use of a Single-Engine and allowing the use of one aircraft model for all training curricula.
AeroSwitch is based on two operating modes: simulated Single-Engine or Multi-Engine. In the first case, the pilot is led to act as on a conventional Single-Engine, even during emergency situations, as the system is able to emulate the typical response. The Multi-Engine configuration, on the other hand, allows the pilots to be trained to manage different scenarios of propulsive failures.
AeroSwitch won 1st prize in the “AIAA Graduate Student Aircraft Design Competition 2019-2020″, organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- AeroSwitch is a system addressed to flight schools and aero clubs;
- It is generally applicable to aircrafts with electric or hybrid-electric propulsion;
- For piloted and unmanned fixed-wing airplanes, ultralights, or general aviation;
- Designed for both recreational use and training;
- Aerotaxi, personal mobility.
- Higher safety;
- Possibility of dual license on the same aircraft;
- Promotion of eco-friendly propulsion, thereby reduction of emissions;
- Reduction of noise pollution.