Hamid Hamidi, PhD 20, is the founder of Limosa Inc., a group consisting of experts in aircraft structural design, structural analyses, aerodynamics, propulsion systems, flight control and avionics. Their goal is to develop a functioning, unique electric vertical and conventional takeoff and landing (eVTOL+eCOTL) aircraft.
While pursuing his PhD in Concordia’s Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Hamidi worked on the application of composite structures in helicopters. The project allowed him to get involved in the production of aerospace products by working in large helicopter and airplane manufacturers in Montreal.
When creating Limosa, Hamidi saw an opportunity to translate innovations in electric automobiles to air travel.
“There were a few different gaps we wanted to address when we were thinking of Limosa,” he says. “One of them is climate change. Ground vehicles are becoming electrified, so the same thing will happen with air vehicles.”
Limosa’s seven-seater aircraft, LimoConnect, is designed to help solve some of the most pressing issues in 21st-century transportation, to be used for private or commercial purposes, emergency response and cargo transport. The goal, Hamidi says, is to provide a more reliable, efficient and quick alternative for daily transportation.
“These kinds of vehicles are going to eventually replace helicopters in the next decade or two,” he adds. “They are 100 times less noisy and can work more effectively in urban areas.”
The LimoConnect aircraft is expected to be certified by mid-2029.