SkyBoat HELIOS uses aerostatic and aerodynamic lift in approximately equal degrees.
Due to such a combination we achieve performances, which can not be obtained for heavier-than-air (HTA) and lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft apart, namely:
- Ground handling of airships has historically presented a great difficulty and needs many ground crew members and a mooring mast. Our SkyBoat is a steel HTA aircraft and can go on an air trip without the ground crew.
- In comparison with the airplane we have a very low take-off and landing speed and no stall. HELIOS does not need prepared runways.
- Large area of the rudders and two deflectable engines allow to achieve excellent controllability at low and about-zero speeds.
- The location of the engines and crew compartment allow the aircraft to operate
from land, snow and water (with optional detachable inflatable floats).
SkyBoat HELIOS is proposed as a vehicle for, amongst other roles, fans of traveling including family trips and those who wish to feel the pleasure of flight in safe and comfortable conditions.