Founded in 2017, ElectraFly is an aviation company building a hybrid-electric personal flying vehicle. It aims to increase lift capacity and flight times for vertical take-off and landing aircraft of virtually any size. Its innovations aim to enable multirotors to carry a meaningful load, including personal transportation, supplies, and package delivery. Early personal flight vehicles are operated by a pilot who possesses extensive training and expertise. They are limited in how far they can fly and how heavy their payloads can be. Inefficiencies exist in design, energy use, and battery size. ElectraFly will change that with a vehicle that is positioned between technologies like a personal jetpack and a large, helicopter-like air taxi. (Zennie62Media coverage of CES 2019 Las Vegas is sponsored by Lyda Music. Listen to her new album Divine Distraction, here at this link.)
“ElectraFly seeks to revolutionize the industry by offering a unique, scalable solution to these problems,” said John Manning, company founder and director of development. “We have developed multirotor capabilities that have the benefits of a fixed wing aircraft, so they can carry more weight over longer distances.”
The company has an international patent-pending application on numerous innovations. The ElectraFly prototype is being built to carry a rider—something ideal for first responders or military special forces. Other versions will be scaled for air taxi or search and rescue, and smaller versions will be ideal for shipping and package delivery.
Deseret UAS is the premier organization in Utah dedicated to UAS/UAM. The organization provides commercial test sites with unparalleled access to wide-open land and airspace. “Commercial UAS/UAM companies need Flight Test Ranges to apply their technologies and prove operational performance,” explained Deseret UAS Executive Director Dr. Tulinda Larsen. “The ElectraFly partnership is an example of how Deseret UAS is a gamechanger for the industry because we provide Commercial Flight Test Ranges designed for safe commercial testing with the necessary FAA authorizations.”