Embraer has been granted a patent for a vertical short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) aircraft design. The aircraft features primary and secondary airfoils, controllable propellers, and detachable cabin components with roadable capabilities. The innovative design allows for efficient operation in various conditions. GlobalData’s report on Embraer gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Embraer, Photovoltaic drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. Embraer's grant share as of February 2024 was 72%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Vstol aircraft with detachable cabin and roadable cradle assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Embraer SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11912405B2) describes a vertical and short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) aircraft with innovative features. The aircraft includes an elongate fuselage with a transparent canopy cover, a detachable cabin component for occupants, and a wheeled cradle assembly for roadability. The aircraft also features a vertical stabilizer, port and starboard airfoil assemblies with primary and secondary empennage airfoils, and propulsion units with engines and propellers that can pivot to achieve different operational positions. The detachable cabin component includes retractable aft road wheels and can be separated from the fuselage using a ramp for easy movement.

Furthermore, the patent details the positioning of the propulsion units aft of the aircraft's center of gravity, the counter-rotation of propellers, and the pivotal movement of secondary empennage airfoils. The aircraft's design allows for efficient conversion of the cabin into a roadable vehicle, with the wheeled cradle assembly facilitating movement on the ground. The innovative features of the VSTOL aircraft, such as the gull-wing configured empennage airfoils and winglets, contribute to its versatility and functionality. Overall, the patent outlines a unique aircraft design that combines VSTOL capabilities with roadability, offering a novel solution for transportation needs.

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