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Electric Flying Vehicle Lands, Takes Off on Water

The Ryse Recon electric aerial vehicles are floated in a pool for 30 minutes before ever being flown

Chuck Martin

October 5, 2023

2 Min Read
Ryse Aero Tech's Recon electric aerial vehicle in the air ready to land.
Ryse Aero Tech

After years under development, flying vehicles of various types are coming with new and innovative features.

One creative feature a single-passenger eVTOL (electric takeoff and landing) vehicle startup created is the ability for its craft to land and take off on water.

In a new video, the Ryse Aero Tech electric aerial vehicle Recon can be seen flying, landing on a lake, powering down, starting up and taking off from the lake.

During filming, the Recon was flown by Ryse founder and CEO Mick Kowitz, who also is a licensed pilot.

“The vehicle actually checks for when a water landing is about to happen and makes sure the floats are inflated properly before it lets you land,” Kowitz told me.

Kowitz said he was not concerned about landing on a lake since every Recon is floated in a pool for 30 minutes before it is ever flown.

The Recon has six propulsion modules and is flown by joystick controls and has six independent outrigger floats and two fuselage floats for water landings.

It also has six waterproof removable batteries for about 20 minutes of flight time.

The Ryse electric aerial vehicle (EAV) is in the category of ultralight vehicle, which are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate under FAA Part 103, which states that training or previous experience prior to operating the vehicle is not required.

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The FAA regulates that ultralights like the Recon are limited to recreation and sport purposes and the operator, not the manufacturer or seller, is responsible for meeting the requirements for operating under the rule.

The FAA expects that ultralight activity “is a sport generally conducted away from concentrations of population and aircraft operations.”

An ultralight must be a single occupancy vehicle and weigh under 255 pounds empty.

They also cannot be used for aerial advertising or carrying parcels for hire and cannot be capable of going faster than 63 mph.

The Ryse Recon is one of numerous such vehicles in development with many versions being delivered in early 2024.

Unlike the Recon, many of them are not capable of landing on or taking off from water.

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and columnist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book is titled "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis). He also is the author of "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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