Flying Vehicle Showcased at Sun ‘N Fun Expo, Florida

The annual event is in its 50th year and held in Lakeland Florida, between Tampa and Orlando

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

April 10, 2024

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The annual Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo started Tuesday with continuous air shows, flight demonstrations, hundreds of exhibits and lots of emerging aerial technology.

The Lift Hexa eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle), was showcased at the event.

The event, now in its 50th year, is held in Lakeland Florida, which is located off the highly trafficked Route 4 between Tampa and Orlando.

The week-long event is expected to attract an attendance of 200,000.

Lift has been offering general public flights in the Hexa for several weeks at the airport in Lakeland.

The public flights have been selling out.

The Lift electric aerial vehicle (EAV) is in the category that does not require a pilot’s license to fly it.

The vehicle was designed in 2017 and has been shown and demonstrated around the world. 

Some of its early testing was done with the military, CEO and founder Matt Chasen told me at its Sun ‘N Fun exhibit.

To fly the Hexa, a 45-minute instruction class is followed by a flight in the simulator in preparation to fly the vehicle. A simulator was set up in the exhibit area.


To get around the massive and spread-out expo, numerous golf carts move people from location to location. Planes are parked everywhere for attendees to check out.

Food vendors are plentiful, and many attendees are repeat visitors to the event.

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In addition to air shows and the Lift flights, drones of various sizes and capabilities were exhibited.

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, 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 title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "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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