Build-It-Yourself eVTOL You Don’t Need a License to Fly

The startup's goal is to "make everyone a pilot."

Swedish startup Jetson Aero is joining the personal aircraft game. Its electric VTOL is called Jetson One and the users can assemble it themselves. It is also classified as an ultralight, which means owners do not need a pilot license to fly it.

This creation allows Jetson to act on its goal from its website which reads, “We intend to make everyone a pilot.” If it comforts those uneasy about unlicensed citizens flying around, Jetson also says on its site that “Safety is our number one priority.”

Since it falls under the category of an ultralight, performance and capacities are limited. 

Jalopnik reports these limitations mean it must weigh less than 254 pounds, fuel capacity cannot exceed five gallons and it can only travel at a maximum speed of 55 knots, or 63 miles per hour. Last, but not least, it can only carry one occupant. 

The One features four large rotors which sit inches from an open cockpit. It also possesses an all-aluminum space airframe, weighs 190 pounds and cannot be flown by a pilot who weighs more than 210 pounds. Flight controls are a 3 axis joystick and throttle lever. Flight time is 20 minutes with a 187-pound pilot and the top-level flight speed is the required 63 miles per hour. 

Safety additions include being able to fly on only three of its rotors, a flight computer with triple layers of redundancy and a hands-free hover feature that can attempt to avoid obstacles and utilize a ballistic parachute. 

When a customer purchases the One, it will be shipped in a 50% completed slate. The buyer will be responsible for finishing building it. 

This $92,000 eVTOL is already sold out for 2022, but Jetson is taking orders for 2023. The 2022 orders are expected to arrive in the fall of 2022.


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