CHICAGO & INCHEON, Korea & EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Skyworks Aeronautics (“Skyworks”) announces the order of 100 eGyro™ electrically powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from a consortium of Mint Air (“Mint”) and Mobius.energy Corp (“Mobius”) with options for an additional 100 aircraft.
“A consortium led by Mint Air is committed to bringing safe, efficient, and cost-effective electric aircraft solutions to South Korea and we are absolutely thrilled they have selected our eGyro as their aircraft of choice to initiate operation of the leading eVTOL service in Korea. We look forward to performing our first public demonstrations of the eGyro in Korea and to launching the eGyro Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platform in the Korean market,” said John Michel, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Skyworks.
“We are pleased to announce the Skyworks eGyro as the launch UAM platform for Mint Air. The fundamental safety and performance advantages of the eGyro will enable Mint Air to accelerate the adoption of intra and inter-city passenger transport in Korea,” said Eugene Choi, Chief Executive Officer of Mint Air.
The consortium led by Mint Air and Skyworks signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for exclusive partnership in South Korea. The consortium will collaborate with Skyworks to develop a pilot training program and maintenance and repair capability in Korea for efficient operation of eGyro fleet.
The eGyro will leverage Mobius’ novel battery module architecture and low total cost of ownership providing power-as-a-service business model. “The high energy density, unmatched power boost, and outstanding thermal management of the Mobius battery modules support our efforts to produce an aircraft with best-in-class range and performance. We are excited to be the UAM launch platform for the Mobius battery module and service”, said Don Woodbury, Skyworks’ Co-Founder & Chief Technology Advisor.
Jongwon “JP” Park, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Mobius said, “Mobius’ is building a global aviation battery alliance and our partnership with Skyworks to bring the eGyro to the Korean market marks an important milestone. Skyworks is the first of many customers who recognized the performance and safety of Mobius’ battery.”
About Mint Air
Mint Air is a startup company in stealth mode until now building an Advanced Air Mobility Service in South Korea. Mint Air’s approach is to facilitate an ecosystem of partners to accelerate the adoption of electric flight in Korea. A former global engineering part manufacturing company, Mint Air will take advantage of its global business experience and network to accelerate the development of the Urban Air Mobility ecosystem in Asia-Pacific markets. Beginning with air taxi operation, Mint Air aspires to become a global electric aircraft manufacturing company building electric aircraft supply chain, developing critical part manufacturing capability, and eventually assembling eGyro in Korea. For more information about the company, visit www.mintair.kr
Mobius.energy is developing safe, light, and energy-efficient novel battery module architecture. The module’s high discharge rate provides on-demand power boost needed during the take-off of electric aircraft at 7C which can last over 6 minutes. Its equally high charge rate enables fast charging in less than 10 minutes. Its light, simple, and compact design enables easy maintenance, on-site swapping, and cost-effective re-use and recycling. Mobius’ goal is to build battery subscription, maintenance, and salvage service including the second life repurpose and the end-of-life recycling of batteries to enable circular economy and thereby contribute to decarbonization of the aviation industry. For more information about the company, visit www.mobius.energy
About Skyworks Aeronautics
Skyworks Aeronautics is the world leader in the science and technology of gyronautics, focusing on the design and development of high-performance gyroplanes. Skyworks gyroplanes provide more affordable, safer, and higher performance alternatives for runway-independent aircraft.
Skyworks has more than 40 patents with several more underway, all obtained in an effort to radically change not only the way gyroplanes are perceived, but also the way they are utilized. From mass personnel transportation, agriculture, defense, and border protection to changing the economies of developing nations, Skyworks' goal is to change the nature of vertical flight. For more information about the company, its products, and individual members of the Skyworks team, visit www.skyworks-aero.com