Jetson Aero boss started work on a flying hoverbike
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Jetson Aero boss started work on a flying hoverbike

Jetson Aero of Sweden has started taking orders for the world’s first electrically powered private jet. The company announced on social media that its CEO, Tomasz Patan, has already personally made his first home-to-work flight, confirming the information with a video of the hoverbike in flight.

    Image Credit: Jetson Aero

Image Credit: Jetson Aero

According to the manufacturer, Patan completed its “historic” flight on May 21, reducing travel time from home to work by 88%. A hoverbike, in this case, is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The Pathan took off from a landing near his home in the countryside and made a short journey, flying over the surrounding trees.

Jetson Aero says it wants to “make the skies accessible to all”. The prototype was ready back in 2018, it took some time to create a version suitable for everyday use, after which a commercial version appeared – Jetson ONE.

The company claims that the debut model is safe to fly. The plane has eight propellers in four pairs, while the novelty stays in the air even if one of them fails, and if the pilot has really serious problems, the parachute ballistic system will help him. In addition, it is known that Jetson ONE is equipped with an on-board computer with triple system redundancy and a lidar system that allows you to avoid obstacles. The cockpit is designed in the style of racing cars.

Jetson ONE production is already booked for the full year of 2022, with the first two aircraft being delivered to new pilots from San Francisco. Only three orders remain for 2023, and “flying motorcycles” are quite expensive – the preliminary deposit is $22,000, and another $70,000 must be paid by the time of delivery.

The novelty weighs 86 kg and can carry a pilot weighing up to 95 kg. The top speed is programmatically limited to 102 km/h. The aircraft can stay in the air for about 20 minutes, reloading takes about two hours.

According to the company, the delivery to the customer takes place in disassembled form, the final assembly is carried out by the new owners themselves. According to the manufacturer, no special tools are required, and if assembly begins at breakfast, the first flight can be completed before lunch.

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