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Urban Aeronautics of Tel Aviv, Isreal is developing a vertical take-off and landing aircraft called the
X-Hawk. This machine is configured as a tandem-fan, turbine powered vehicle with a center section to house the crew compartment and
payload bay. Maximum payload is 1700 lbs including the pilot and 9 seated passengers (calculated at 175 lbs per person). The payload bay can also be
configured to serve as a medical rescue cabin.
Urbanaero does not consider the X-Hawk to be a "flying car". Rafi Yoeli PhD., President & CEO of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. stated, "It
is designed to comply with existing FAA standards and uses helicopter
and aircraft equipment (engines, propellers, systems) exclusively. X-hawks will supplement helicopters in roles requiring operation inside obstructed
terrain such as cities. They will first be used for rescue, policing, fire departments and EMS (air ambulance) and subsequently -- for private
transportation as well. While future, low cost "Flying Cars" could be derived from this technology, X-Hawks will be flown initially by rated
pilots (probably helicopter pilots) and operate next to helicopters in existing fleets."