Magpie aerotowing can enable eVTOLs to fly high payloads over long distances, e.g. for remote logistics and military operations. The additional range also unlocks key commercial routes like San Francisco-Los Angeles, London-Amsterdam and Sydney-Melbourne.
Magpie can enable an eVTOL to fly a continuous sequence of flights without the need for long charging breaks at expensive landing pads. In this example, the tow aircraft holds in the air as the eVTOL quickly loads/unloads. It then re-connects to bring the eVTOL to its next destination. This significantly increases the utilisation and operating economics of the eVTOL.
Similar to the long-range case, Magpie can help to ferry eVTOLs over significant distances. This allows eVTOLs operators to more flexibly deploy their fleets – e.g. during times of high demand in another city or region.