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December 21, 2023
The next year will be the big year for the personal aerial vehicles that fall under the FAA category of powered ultralights.
While new electric aerial vehicles (EAV) of all types are all over the media, the ultralights are coming to market the soonest.
These are electric and most take and land vertically, commonly referred to as eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing).
Several companies have been working on these for years and they are finally getting ready for deliveries.
For example, the Recon from Ryse Aero Technologies has been flown many thousands of miles and was featured and flown at the last CES in Las Vegas.
The ultralights are not as expensive as the certified category of flying vehicles, though higher-priced than the average car. For example, the Jetson One sells for $98,000.
The ultralights also have FAA-regulated limitations, such as having a maximum speed of 63 mph and where they can operate, such as not in restricted airspace.
They can be used by farmers to quickly fly across a farm or for hobbyists who want to experience self-controlled flight.
Many of the makers of these personal aerial vehicles have been taking pre-orders for well over a year and there’s a large backlog.
There are even showrooms for potential buyers to see some of these vehicles, such as the showrooms in Florida by Aeroauto in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Flying taxis, passenger-carrying vehicles now conducting test flights around the world, are coming, but not before 2025 at the earliest.
There are personal aerial vehicles being certified by the FAA, and those typically can carry one to two passengers, one being the licensed or trained pilot. Don’t expect these to be in any serious action until 2025.
But the very hot category for 2024 will be the personal aerial vehicles that fall under the FAA category of powered ultralights.
These do not require a pilot’s license to fly, and typically fly with two joysticks, one to make the vehicle go up and down and the other to determine direction.
The electric flying vehicles revolution is getting underway, starting with the powered ultralights in 2024.
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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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