California startup ASKA created a flying craft with wings and propellers that fold and rest atop the vehicle

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

July 11, 2023

2 Min Read
The functional prototype ASKA's A5 eVTOL flying car is displayed during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2023.
The functional prototype of ASKA's A5 eVTOL flying car on display at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show.Getty Images

ASKA received a special airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct test flights of its four-seater passenger vehicle.

The vehicle is also designed to travel by road, with the large wings and propellers folded and resting on top of the vehicle.

The electric vehicle has a flight range of up to 250 miles with speeds up to 125 mph, according to the company.

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It has six motor systems, each with its own battery power source. It also carries a ballistic parachute aimed at saving the aircraft and passengers in an emergency situation.

"We have achieved a series of technological milestones in the first quarter of 2023; debuting the first full-scale working prototype of the ASKA A5 in January at CES, successfully performing field and driving tests, and obtaining the COA and Special Airworthiness Certification for our pre-production prototype," said Guy Kaplinsky, CEO and co-founder.  "The data we are harvesting from flight testing is enabling us to make progress towards our type certification. We already completed the initial phase and are progressing towards our next milestone."

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The eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) craft is designed to be parked in existing parking spaces and charged at EV charging stations.

The FAA recently also approved Alef Aeronautics to test its $300,000 electric flying car.

Both ASKA and Alef are offering pre-orders of the flying vehicles, though the future time of ultimate FAA approval, a complex road ahead, has yet to be determined.

ASKA and Alef Aeronautics join a growing number of companies developing and testing flying vehicles to carry either things or people.

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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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