LIFT Aircraft unveils personal multirotor aircraft

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LIFT Aircraft unveils personal multirotor aircraft

Post by Athol Terence » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:02 am

Matt Chasen, founder of uShip, has unveiled a new venture called LIFT Aircraft. LIFT has developed an electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and plans to open up LIFT locations where anyone will be able to rent aircraft and experience an entirely new kind of flying – pilot’s license not required.
“Flying is probably the oldest and most enduring of human aspirations. Personal aviation is available today but its only accessible to the lucky few with the money, time and skill to get the extensive training needed to fly traditional aircraft. At LIFT, we are making flying so simple, safe and inexpensive that anyone can do it with very little skill or special training. We're truly consumerising flying for the first time in history,” says Chasen.

LIFT is launching the world’s first experiential entertainment business leveraging eVTOL aircraft and plans to own and operate fleets of aircraft in scenic and uncongested areas near major metro areas, tourist destinations and entertainment hubs. After training in their virtual reality simulators, anyone over the age of 18, and up to 6' 5" tall and 250 lbs, will be able to fly for up to 15 minutes at a time. “LIFT is doing for flying what iFLY does for skydiving - making an expensive and inaccessible experience available to everyone," according to Alan Metni, the founder of iFLY Indoor Skydiving. The aircraft, named Hexa, resembles a large drone with 18 sets of propellers, motors and batteries. It has one seat for the pilot and weighs only 432 lbs - which qualifies it as a Powered Ultralight by the FAA so no pilot’s license is required to fly.
Electric multirotor aircraft fly using something called distributed electric propulsion (DEP), which allows an aircraft to be controlled simply by varying the speed of multiple electric motors - a task that is accomplished.


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