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Sweden’s Jetson Aero reveals eVTOL, which does not require a pilot license

For the price of a luxury electric car, you can now buy a personal electric plane that can take you up to 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) in the sky without a pilot’s license.

Swedish startup Jetson Aero on Thursday unveiled its first commercial product, a single-seat aluminum aircraft called the Jetson, available for just $ 92,000 in the United States starting next year.

For that price, you get a half-assembled kit that includes an aluminum frame, engine controls, propellers and motors as well as an assembly guide.

The Jetson One weighs only 40 kg (88 pounds) when empty, and is categorized as an ultralight aircraft in the United States, which does not require a pilot license to fly.

The single-seat aircraft can carry a passenger weighing up to 90 kg (198 pounds). The operator uses a throttle lever, a joystick and pedals to control the movements of the aircraft, while a computer software ensures that it is stable during flight. To ensure safety, the vehicle is also equipped with Lidar sensors for tracking terrain and preventing obstacles and a ballistic parachute that can be quickly inserted in the event of an engine failure or battery failure.

Jetson Aero is one of the many startups that are betting on the growing interest in eVTOLs or electric vertical takeoff and landing cars. But compared to most companies in this space that focus on developing large, multi-seat city taxis in cities, what Jetson Aero offers is more like a toy for hobbyists, which on the plus side saves it a lot of complicated regulatory requirements processes.

The Federal Aviation Administration considers ultralights not aircraft, but “vehicles” that are not required to meet U.S. or foreign airworthiness certification standards.

Ultralights are not new. In the United States, they have been around since the 1970s. Since ultralights do not need to be detected, it is unclear how many of them are in use. According to an outdated estimate of US Ultralight Association, there were about 18,000 ultralights of all types – aircraft, motorized parachutes, paragliders – nationwide in the late 1990s.

Most ultralights are used for recreational purposes. According to FAA rules, these vehicles can not be flown over congested areas of a city (So do not expect it to help you skip traffic during rush hour) or restricted airspace, e.g. Airports. They are also not allowed in the sky during the night.

The Jetson One is designed to fly at a maximum speed of 63 mph and soar for up to 20 minutes on a single charge, making it probably not enough for a daily commute yet.

Jetson Aero plans to manufacture only 12 Jetson One vehicles by 2022. All have already been sold according to company website, to buyers in the US, Europe and Brazil. Currently, there are only three units left until 2023.

For the price of a Tesla Model S, you can buy a flying car that does not require a license

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