Mistral

The Concept

The Mistral is a recreational eVTOL designed for backcountry camping. It would be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and propelled by four rotors. Its lower storage space would be used for camping gear and outdoor sports equipment. Its propellers could be tilted up to serve as a windmill to store energy for the aircraft’s batteries when it is parked for the night.

Origin of the Concept

The Mistral was imagined as a futuristic recreational vehicle of the 21st century. It would be able to reach hard-to-reach spots inside national parks (like hidden valleys across mountains). It could be offered as an alternative to conventional helicopters and of course slow and road-limited RVs.

How It Works

The Mistral would be designed to carry a family of 4 autonomously to any remote spots that are currently unreachable by land or water. Its lower cargo pod would come equipped with a custom designed tent that would easily attach itself to the Mistral. The seats of the aircraft would convert into a comfortable bed large enough to accommodate 2 adults, and the tent would feature two additional foldable beds.

The four propellers of the Mistral could be raised to capture wind and generate power or recharge the Mistral’s batteries. It would also be possible to plug it into ground-based solar arrays (previously installed on the most popular sites).

The Mistral would be designed to fly autonomously to specific spots using preapproved flight routes, which would reduce the risk of incidents. It would also be possible to purchase a version certified for private pilots.

Potential Market

The Mistral could be operated by national parks to allow campers to access new hard to reach campsites. It could also be used to fly to existing ones faster. This kind of aircraft could also be acquired by companies to transport wealthy tourists on daily outdoor excursions or sold to private owners. Additionally, the vehicle could double as a search and rescue air ambulance for emergency responses.

The Designer

The Mistral concept was imagined in May 2019 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Jorge Ciprian, an Industrial Designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as freelance designer. Jorge also created the images of Fountainhead drone parking tower and the Solorocket launch complex.