Axe: The personal eVTOL of your dreams is now on pre-order

To be delivered in 2024.
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SkyFly's Axe eVTOL

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Pre-orders for the Axe, a two-seat personal eVTOL aircraft from London-based start-up SkyFly, are now open. The Axe is expected to start customer deliveries in 2024 and has high speeds of 100 mph (160 kph), a range of up to 200 miles (320 km), and a winged airframe.

These 16.4 feet (5 meters) long wings rest tilted upward when the eVTOL is on the ground, giving it a unique appearance from other aircraft types.

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SkyFly's Axe eVTOL

The Axe resembles a large multicopter more than a typical aircraft. Similar to a consumer drone, it rises vertically on four 4.9-foot (1.5-meter) diameter propellers and tilts forward to gain horizontal speed like a helicopter. This implies that when it is flying, its oddly inclined wings are level.

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SkyFly's Axe eVTOL

For redundancy in the hover, it has two 70 kW motors for each prop. The three-wheeled aircraft can take off and land vertically, but if you want to take off like an airplane, it only needs a 164 ft (50 meters) long runway, according to SkyFly. It has a 2.300-foot/minute ascent rate (701 meters per minute).

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SkyFly's Axe eVTOL

With a 48-kWh battery pack on board, the eVTOL weighs 944 lb (428 kg). It can carry a load of 379 lb (172 kg) or more and travel up to 100 miles (160 km) in flight on battery power. It also has a hybrid variant that combines a smaller battery pack with a range-extending generator if you need to travel farther. With this version, you can achieve a range of up to 200 miles (320 km). Additionally, its maximum take-off weight has been increased to 1,323 lb (600 kg), and its full thrust is listed as 1,543 lb (700 kg).

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“The design features are unique in that it has two sets of short wings, and the engines are mounted in a 45-degree angle and do not rotate,” said Michael Thompson, founder of Skyfly. “The wings allow for lift, giving it range and enabling conventional fixed-wing take-offs and the ability to glide at a 10 to one ratio with mechanical linkage if there were to be an engine failure and the redundancy of the eight engines were to be compromised. There is also a third layer of security with a ballistic parachute.”

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The Axe needs a regular fixed-wing pilot's license because it can fly like one until eVTOL-specific licenses start to appear.

The eVTOL aircraft has a base price of approximately $175,000 (£150,000). Reservations require a deposit of around $1,165 (£1,000).

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Some of the alternatives seem a bit excessive; for instance, the range-extended version will cost you an additional $58,300 (£50,000), and adding a ballistic parachute as a last resort when things, and the aircraft, goes south will cost you an additional $23,300 (£20,000).

The Axe, while being pricey, is definitely an exciting aerial vehicle.

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