ESTOLAS (Extremely Short Take Off and Landing on Any Surface) is a hybrid type of aircraft that is being developed in a project funded by the European Commission. Instead of an airplane's usual long, relatively narrow fuselage, it will have a bloated central void that can be filled with helium gas to make the aircraft lighter. In addition, vertical lift will be provided by a centrally located horizontal propeller, which, together with a skirt, gives ESTOLAS properties of a hovercraft and capability to land and take off from water, snow, and other surfaces.
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