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ALTI – Double hybrid VTOL UAS Announced

ALTI – Double hybrid VTOL UAS Announced

The ALTI Transition is a radically new VTOL unmanned aerial aircraft, developed from the ground up as an advanced fixed wing system with the ability to take-off and land vertically, anywhere. A powerful electric VTOL system allows the Transition to take-off and land in confined spaces and once at altitude, a 20cc four stroke petrol motor keeps the system airborne for up to 6 hours with support for a wide range of payloads and sensors that can quickly be swapped out and setup. Fully featured autonomous PX4 based open and proprietary software and hardware avionics system with easy to use ground control systems to suite.

Press release, July, 2016, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa

ALTI – The future of small unmanned aerial systems.

We are incredibly excited to announce ALTI and the next generation of small unmanned systems, the Transition. In conjunction with Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine – UST, which features the ALTI Transition as their June/July Cover story, we are announcing this new brand and product to the world.

alti (2)Here at Alti we believe vertical take-off and landing is now an essential part to operating small unmanned systems effectively and the ability to operate a fixed wing aircraft from confined areas is invaluable and a huge advantage over bulky traditional systems. Operating costs and staff requirements are reduced significantly allowing more flexibility and a broader mission scope.


Multi-rotor and fixed wing, electric and fuel, the Transition is a double-hybrid aircraft unlike anything else available. With a small footprint and no need whatsoever for launch or recovery equipment, it really is the future of small unmanned systems, making operating far more versatile and cost effective.


With no need for a take-off run, it’s a pure VTOL aircraft, able to vertically ascend to altitude, where it transitions into forward wing-bound flight for the duration of the mission. A smooth and quick transition back to hover with a final descent for a pin point landing.


Extend your mission parameters with endurance of up to 6 hours. The ultra-light weight Carbon Kevlar fuselage made with top quality composites used by the likes of Ferrari, Airbus and BMW. Advance aerodynamic testing allows for an advanced design with dihedral, washout, winglets and more. The Transition also has duel elevators for redundant control. The base airframe is designed in partnership with D3 Applied Technologies ( and manufactured exclusively for ALTI by Carbonix (


With far lower operating costs as well as no need for expensive launch and recovery hardware and less staffing, the ALTI Transition also prices lower than any comparable system available.


  • Wingspan: 2760mm
  • Length: 2300mm
  • Height: 490mm
  • MTOW 12kg
  • Max Payload Weight: 1-1.5kg
  • VTOL Propeller Size: 18″
  • Fuel Pusher Propeller Size: 15-16″
  • Electric VTOL Endurance: <10 min
  • Fuel Fixed Wing Endurance <6 Hours

alti (1)The wings and rear tail-boom are removable, without the need for tools and reduce the size significantly for rapid deployment and transport. The Transition offers incredible fixed wing endurance with true VTOL capability as well as great hover times pending on the AUW, setup, payloads and environmental factors.

unnamedBe sure to check our the June/July edition of Unmanned Systems Technology for the full Cover Story on ALTI and the Transition, and check our our website at for more information, you can also get in touch at


Along with our launch, we are taking orders, there is a huge amount of excitement along with interested parties that have been waiting for the launch, orders will be on a first come, first ship basis and payment will secure all orders and position on the production line.

Production will start in September where estimated lead times per order, will be 6-8 weeks, depending on order size, payload and GCS options, customization etc.

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