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  • GRAL. JUAN N. ÁLVAREZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMAA): 25.31 °C / 77.56 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • DEL NORTE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMAN): 13.43 °C / 56.17 °F CLEAR SKY
  • LIC. JESUS TERAN PEREDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMAS): 13.87 °C / 56.97 °F CLEAR SKY
  • BAHIAS DE HUATULCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMBT): 14.24 °C / 57.63 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. MARIANO MATAMOROS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMCB): 13.82 °C / 56.88 °F CLEAR SKY
  • CIUDAD DEL CARMEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCE): 16.73 °C / 62.11 °F CLEAR SKY
  • CULIACÁN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCL): 26.85 °C / 80.33 °F FEW CLOUDS
  • CHETUMAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCM): 15.11 °C / 59.20 °F CLEAR SKY
  • CIUDAD OBREGÓN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCN): 8.39 °C / 47.10 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • ING. ALBERTO ACUNA ONGAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCP): 24.19 °C / 75.54 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • ABRAHAM GONZÁLEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCS): 13.44 °C / 56.19 °F CLEAR SKY
  • CHICHÉN-ITZÁ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCT): 23.03 °C / 73.45 °F SCATTERED CLOUDS
  • GRAL. DIV. P.A. ROBERTO FIERRO VILLALOBOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMCU): 15.96 °C / 60.73 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. PEDRO JOSE MENDEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCV): 23.89 °C / 75 °F SCATTERED CLOUDS
  • COZUMEL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMCZ): 25 °C / 77 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • DURANGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMDO): 13.33 °C / 55.99 °F FEW CLOUDS
  • AMADO NERVO NATIONAL AIRPORT (MMEP): 19.00 °C / 66.20 °F FOG
  • GRAL. ALBERTO SALINAS CARRANZA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMES): 15 °C / 59 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • MIGUEL HIDALGO Y COSTILLA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMGL): 16.48 °C / 61.66 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • GRAL. JOSE MARIA YANEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMGM): 22.59 °C / 72.66 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. IGNACIO PESQUEIRA GARCIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMHO): 21.39 °C / 70.50 °F CLEAR SKY
  • LIC. MIGUEL DE LA MADRID NATIONAL AIRPORT (MMIA): 20.68 °C / 69.22 °F LIGHT RAIN
  • PLAN DE GUADALUPE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMIO): 17.00 °C / 62.60 °F CLEAR SKY
  • VALLE DEL FUERTE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMLM): 22.22 °C / 72 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMLO): 11.00 °C / 51.80 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. MANUEL MARQUEZ DE LEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMLP): 23.52 °C / 74.34 °F FEW CLOUDS
  • LORETO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMLT): 25.64 °C / 78.15 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. SERVANDO CANALES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMA): 22.79 °C / 73.02 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • LIC. MANUEL CRECENCIO REJON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMD): 25.57 °C / 78.03 °F SCATTERED CLOUDS
  • GRAL. RODOLFO SANCHEZ TABOADA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMML): 20.51 °C / 68.92 °F CLEAR SKY
  • MINATITLÁN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMT): 23.08 °C / 73.54 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • VENUSTIANO CARRANZA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMV): 12.03 °C / 53.65 °F CLEAR SKY
  • MEXICO CITY BENITO JUAREZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMX): 8.00 °C / 46.40 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. MARIANO ESCOBEDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMY): 15.85 °C / 60.53 °F CLEAR SKY
  • GRAL. RAFAEL BUELNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMMZ): 13.47 °C / 56.25 °F CLEAR SKY
  • QUETZALCOATL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMNL): 16.00 °C / 60.80 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • XOXOCOTLAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMOX): 16.00 °C / 60.80 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • TAJIN NATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPA): 20.38 °C / 68.68 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • HERMANOS SERDAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  (MMPB): 10.15 °C / 50.27 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • MAR DE CORTEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPE): 22.67 °C / 72.81 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • PIEDRAS NEGRAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  (MMPG): 14.44 °C / 57.99 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • GRAL. FRANCISCO MUJICA NATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPN): 15.06 °C / 59.11 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • PALENQUE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPQ): 23.03 °C / 73.45 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • LIC. GUSTAVO DIAZ ORDAZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPR): 27.62 °C / 81.72 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • PUERTO ESCONDIDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMPS): 24.94 °C / 76.89 °F LIGHT RAIN
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  • GRAL. LUCIO BLANCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMRX): 20.30 °C / 68.54 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
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  • CABO SAN LUCAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMSL): 24.96 °C / 76.93 °F SCATTERED CLOUDS
  • PONCIANO ARRIAGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMSP): 13.00 °C / 55.40 °F CLEAR SKY
  • FRANCISCO SARABIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMTC): 17.49 °C / 63.48 °F CLEAR SKY
  • ANGEL ALBINO CORZO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMTG): 24.00 °C / 75.20 °F FOG
  • GRAL. ABELARDO RODRIGUEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMTJ): 18.78 °C / 65.80 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
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  • LIC. ADOLFO LOPEZ MATEOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMTO): 5 °C / 41 °F CLEAR SKY
  • TAPACHULA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMTP): 24.43 °C / 75.97 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • CANCÚN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMUN): 25 °C / 77 °F BROKEN CLOUDS
  • CARLOS ROVIROSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMVA): 23.31 °C / 73.96 °F MODERATE RAIN
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  • GRAL. LEOBARDO RUIZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. (MMZC): 12.00 °C / 53.60 °F CLEAR SKY
  • IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMZH): 26.28 °C / 79.30 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
  • PLAYA DE ORO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MMZO): 27.25 °C / 81.05 °F OVERCAST CLOUDS
Pegasus gets its wings

Pegasus Universal Aerospace has arrived at EBACE to formally launch its vertical take-off and landing business jet (VBJ), known as the Pegasus One. The South African start-up is debuting a oneeighth scale model of the aircraft at the show and is also opening the orderbook for the eightseat type.

Pegasus’s arrival in Geneva comes seven years after Reza Mia (above), founder and chairman of the Pretoria-based company, began exploring the possibility of building a light business jet with the take-off and landing performance of a helicopter.

“Business jets are capable of moving people through the air quickly, but a lot of time is wasted travelling on the ground to and from the airports, which are often located far away from busy financial and residential centres,” says Mia.

Eliminating this time-consuming ground travel often requires the use of a helicopter at each end of a trip, which can be expensive and inconvenient, he adds.

By combining these two features into one aircraft, the Pegasus One introduces “a new era of point-to-point travel,” says Mia, “with the capability to land in a built-up area, helipad, yacht and on any surface, including grass or gravel”.

The all-composite aircraft has a cranked dihedral wing and an x-tail design. It uses two turboshaft engines – Pegasus is considering the GE Aviation CT7-8, among others – to drive in-wing lift fans and rear thrust fans through integrated gearboxes, all managed by multiple redundant computer systems.

The landing-gear layout is still to be finalised between tricycle and tandem with outrigger layouts, says Mia.

With an empty weight of just under 5,700kg (12,600lb), the Pegasus One can be used for single-pilot operations.

Pegasus is also at EBACE to hold discussions with potential suppliers for the VBJ’s avionics suite and automatic control systems. Mia says the latter feature will make the aircraft “safe and reliable by reducing pilot workload”.

A one-eighth scale model has undergone testing in Pretoria to demonstrate transition from horizontal to vertical flight and Pegasus will soon begin assembling the first full-scale prototype with a view to beginning flight testing in June 2020. “

We are working hard to build a full-scale cabin mock-up of Pegasus One which we plan to bring to London to start a demonstration tour of Europe in 2020 to drum up interest,” says Mia. “We look forward to meeting forward-thinking investors and of course potential operators during the tour,” he adds.

To date, the programme has been funded by Mia, but Pegasus expects up to $400 million will be needed to bring the aircraft to market.

Pegasus has identified a customer base that spans the civil and executive aerospace sectors, offering operational benefits unlike any other aircraft. Along with Europe, India and China are key markets, Mia says.

The Pegasus One is projected to have a range of around 2,380nm (4,400km) from a standard runway take-off, or 1,150nm in VTOL mode; and a cruise speed of 430kt (800km/h).