September 20, 2023
A single-seat personal flying vehicle is teaming with a flying vehicle retail showroom company to bring 10,000 of the vehicles to market by 2030.
Land Rotor, located in Orlando, agreed with Aeroauto in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, to add the Land Rotor Sportster to the growing portfolio of flying vehicle companies Aeroauto is marketing.
Aeroauto has two showrooms in Florida, in Hollywood and Palm Beach Gardens, with another planned for Austin, Texas.
“Adding the Land Rotor AAM Sportster to our portfolio is a big win,” said Sean Borman, Aeroauto CEO. “The ultralight aircraft will drive personal flying cars closer to the reality we’ve all dreamt of since the Jetsons.”
The EAV, with estimated prices at $70,000, would have counter-rotating motors, ballistic parachutes and lidar-assisted navigation enabling both aerial flight and ground hovercraft capabilities.
Land Rotor has a three-phase approach to its flying business.
The first phase is to offer drone rides inside as part of a virtual reality experience and the second would be to establish an academy to train people to fly ultralight aircraft based on rules that would be created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The third phase would be to launch the Land Rotor sports recreational eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle for legal use.
Electric aerial vehicles (EAV) of various capabilities soon will be hitting the market, with the ultralight EAVs launching in 2024.
Other larger commercial transportation operations, such as flying taxis, will come later, since they require more stringent regulations since they will be passenger-carrying vehicles.
For example, Joby Aviation recently selected Dayton, where the Wright Brothers invented and flew the first powered aircraft, as the location to build its first large-scale aircraft production facility.
Those planes, aimed at being in an aerial transportation business, could carry four passengers and a pilot and fly at speeds of 200 mph, with a maximum range of 100 miles.
No matter the size, most EAVs being created are in the eVTOL category, so runways are not needed for takeoff and landing.
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