Thanks to Wisk’spatent infringement lawsuit against Archer Aviation (which is still grinding its way through the courts), close industry watchers had a pretty good idea of what the company’s sixth-generation eVTOL would look like before it was revealed to the world on Oct. 3. Indeed, the aircraft features the“12-tilt-6” design that is at the heart of the dispute, with 12 propellers arranged around a fixed wing, the front six of which tilt forward for cruise flight.
Gen 6 is chunkier than the aircraft depicted in the confidential patent design that Wisk claims Archer stole. It embodies some other changes, too, including a shift to four blades for both front and rear props, and a conventional rather than a V tail. But one perplexing design feature persists: the choice of skids over wheeled landing gear (which featured on Wisk’s earlier, public prototypes).
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