> ElectraFly

An Aviation Company Building a Hybrid-Electric, Personal Flying Vehicle

More and more it is becoming evident that innovations in air transportation are developing quickly and that highways in the sky for personal transport or package delivery will soon be a reality. Some report that flying cars could take off as soon as 2023.

ElectraFly has international patent-pending innovations to increase the lift capacity and flight times for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Founded in 2017, ElectraFly is a team with pilots, entrepreneurs, and builders. They have received attention for their innovative efforts and have started flight testing and developing multiple working prototypes.

“There is an undeniable change happening in air transportation, but there are problems in efficiency,” said John Manning, ElectraFly Co-founder and Director of Development. “So many—especially as children dream about flying. We’re  developing innovations to make the dream of personal flight a reality and to shape the future of urban air mobility.”

Today, unmanned aerial vehicles are entering numerous markets, including inspection, surveying and mapping, agriculture, and imaging. However, they are limited in what they can do because they cannot lift heavy loads and they are not designed for forward flight or long-distance travel.

Significant opportunities are coming for unmanned and manned aerial vehicles and the supporting infrastructure. In December 2018, Morgan Stanley analysts forecasted urban air mobility could become a $2.9 trillion global market by 2040.

The ElectraFly is designed for shorter urban air mobility scenarios, including personnel transportation and supply delivery. Imagine flying rooftop to rooftop to avoid traffic congested city roads. Or flying from a central point to a special airdrop landing pad before boarding a plane for a long flight. While the first ElectraFly models are designed for personal transport, its innovations are scalable for specific purposes, such as package and supply delivery, search and rescue, first responders, or military Special Forces.

For example, a batch of ElectraFly vehicles could be deployed from a cargo plane in a Special Forces military operation with or without pilots to access a remote or hostile location. The ElectraFly could have the ability to descend on minimal power and without a parachute reducing the risk of being seen. The vehicles would aid in personnel in stealth operations and quick evacuations.

The single-passenger ElectraFly also reduces the risk of transporting or evacuating a team from a hostile environment with a military helicopter, which would require a pilot and crew in addition to the full Special Forces team.  Whether you see a future flying like the Jetsons or on a Star Wars speeder bike or something else, you should know the reality of flying vehicles is coming sooner than you may think.


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