Recon's new eVTOL doesn't require a pilot's license
The Recon, a one-passenger eVTOL multi-copter aircraft manufactured by The U.S.-based company Ryse Aerotech, undertook its first human flight test in June.
While the eVTOL is not designed for urban use or commuting and aims at farmers and ranchers, the Recon is pitched as a buy 'n' fly ultralight aircraft with no requirement for a pilot license.
'Making flight accessible to all'
Ryse Aerotech hopes the Recon will be a practical solution for farmers and ranchers to get around their large plots of land. By gliding through the sky, they'll be able to access areas that may otherwise be challenging or far-reaching with relatively more ease. Think lost cattle and the assistance Recon could be to farmers having to travel great distances in an effort to retrieve such property.
Recon has a basic form: a drone-style six-prop multi-copter, powered by six motors, with only a single seat in the middle for the pilot.
The multi-copter can make both water-and land-based take-offs and landings- therefore there is no need for runways.
The eVTOL has an aluminum frame, weighs 286 lb (130 kg), and can carry a payload of up to 200 lb (91 kg).
The battery of the eVTOL can power the vehicle for 25 minutes, or roughly 25 miles (40 km), depending on the pilot's weight and the weather conditions. The battery packs for the aircraft are said to be inexpensive and replaceable. Like power tools, they are removable so users can have spare sets for onsite convenience.
Recon is a fast eVTOL. Considering the aircraft's size and purpose, speeds can go up to 58 mph (93 kph) with a comfortable cruising speed of about 40 mph (65 kph).
A simple double-joystick cockpit
The eVTOL's control scheme is basic: you only use a pair of joysticks. Its flight control module is enhanced with a technology that can sense and avoid obstacles.
The vehicle also can limit its maximum altitude to 700 ft (213 m) above ground level.
The eVTOL will likely be restricted to use in fair weather with low wind conditions, limiting its operation.
The Recon's design is mass-producible, inexpensive to maintain, and easy to fly. The vehicle is estimated to cost about $150,000 and will be commercially launched in the first quarter of 2023.
The Ryse Recon marks the company's debut venturing into agronomy, land surveying, agriculture, vineyards, and other rural sectors. Compared to space aerial mobility, these markets remain relatively untapped.
The Recon does sound like an interesting electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle- If you could, would you opt for a flight experience?
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