While a lot of money is being invested in efforts to create so-called “flying taxis” for viable urban mobility services, a startup founded in Japan three years ago intends to create a Individual Electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) machine for solo flights.
The latest version of TeTra Aviation’s single-seater recently took to the skies in a test flight at Byron Airport, about 50 miles east of San Francisco, with a 32-rotor Mk-5 plane flying into the air in a video (below) post was captured while flying. on Youtube.
This particular test flight, which appeared to be going without a hitch, was conducted remotely and no one was on board, but the next flight would be flown by an AA pilot in the cockpit.
Designed to fly at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 kph), TeTra’s aircraft have a range of 100 miles (160 km) and can carry a single person weighing up to 250 pounds (113 kg). Is.
The startup says it has already taken orders for its planes, which it expects to go on sale by the end of next year. are potential customers Invited to inquire about pricing.
But note – TeTra’s eVTOL aircraft is not for aviation enthusiasts, as you will need a pilot’s license to fly it. Oh, and it also comes in kit form, so you’ll have to put it together yourself—and then have it inspected by an official from the Federal Aviation Administration to check that it’s airborne.
Tokyo-based TeTra’s efforts got a boost last year when it received a $100,000 prize from US aerospace maker Pratt & Whitney as part of a Boeing-backed GoFly competition to encourage development of personal flying machines in 2017. It was an initiative.
But while TeTra is targeting its vehicle for personal use, companies large and small are working to design similar eVTOL aircraft for city-based flying taxi services.
Regulators will certainly have the final say, but with advances in technology there are efforts to create safer and more efficient flights of such vehicles, and a robust traffic control service to handle aircraft, some believe. That it won’t be long before people are peeping across town in low-flying machines.