H1, the eVTOL that can go up to 140 mph and fit into a garage
The aerospace company Doroni, based in Miami, U.S., has begun to take pre-orders for its "personal" aircraft.
Doroni targets a different market than most eVTOL producers, who are making air taxis for usage in cities. Instead, it aims its aircraft at private pilots, claiming that it will be more intuitive and simpler to operate than a helicopter or regular airplane.
Company representatives recently stated in a webinar that they intend to "democratize" general aviation by using a safe, "semi-autonomous" airplane. Anyone with a regular driver's license should be able to fly the H1, after completing a 20-hour training course, according to CEO Doron Merdinger.
H1 is a two-seat flying car with two sets of wings with massive ducted fans and can carry a 500-pound (227 kg) payload. It also has wheels which is an uncommon feature considering that most eVTOLs typically land on pads. The H1 can also be driven into a typical garage and recharged overnight. It has a quick charge feature, taking roughly 20 minutes to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent.
The H1 has a retro-futuristic appearance due to its big fans and curved fuselage. The H1 is anticipated to have a top speed of 140 mph ( 225 kph) and a range of 60 miles (96 km). And as a safety measure, the eVTOL will include a parachute.
The company recently demonstrated the H1 cockpit at the Wittman Regional Airport’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Wisconsin and simulated the vehicle’s takeoff, flying, and landing capabilities using VR headsets.
The onboard dash has touchscreen monitors, including navigation, landing, cameras, lights, ventilation, mood lighting, and wipers, to regulate flight and the user experience.
The dash system has an engine start button, left and right door controls, RFID sensors, and two control sticks that may be used by either left- or right-handed people. From the onboard computer, users can hear audibles such as "Doroni Systems Check" and "Doroni Ready for Takeoff."
Contrary to the majority of new eVTOL aircraft, which will need to undergo certification processes in new categories, Doroni hopes for the H1 to be approved as a Light Sport Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to fit into an existing category.
According to the company, aircraft deliveries will start in the last quarter of 2024.
According to the company website, Doroni accepts 36 pre-orders. The H1 will have an estimated price tag of $150,000 when launched.