FAA Approves Ultralight VTOL

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Hoversurf says the FAA has signed off on the first eVTOL to be approved for general use in the U.S. and orders are now being taken for the Scorpion 3 from the Watsonville, California, company. It costs $150,000 and the first one has been sold to the Dubai Police. The single-seat quadcopter has been accepted as an ultralight by the FAA, which means no pilot certificate is required. The device is said to be able to go up to 60 MPH with about 20 minutes of endurance. 

While the aircraft is limited in both performance and market appeal, its approval is considered significant by industry watchers. TransportUp, a newsletter that follows the eVTOL industry, said the FAA approval, which was granted Sept. 10, should make it easier for others, including more complex and capable designs, to follow. “HoverSurf sets the stage for step by step certification of larger and more advanced aircraft,” the newsletter said. “This step means that the FAA is ready to begin certification hardware and software technology for flying cars.”  Titan Top List prepared the following video.



Comments (3)

Motorcycle gear is completely useless when falling from 10 stories (or falling just one foot into the whirling blades of a Cuisinart blender). This thing will have such a high death to miles traveled ratio that no one will be able to afford the insurance.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | October 1, 2018 8:31 AM    Report this comment

Ref: the3 above comment...

There is no way this is a finished product. WAY to much liability for the company. Most likely, the finished product will prove to have blade/pilot protection, etc. The biker gear though, that's kinda special, lol. I can see protection from some things if it's an open cockpit, but yeah, not gonna help in crash from anything above 2' AGL LOL!

Posted by: K Mart | October 1, 2018 9:06 AM    Report this comment

First of all, the FAA does NOT "approve" ultralight vehicles. The letter shown only states that in the FAA's opinion, the craft appears to meet part 103 requirements.
It either meets part 103 or it doesn't. If it does, then the FAA is out of the picture.

Posted by: MEL ASBERRY | October 2, 2018 1:23 PM    Report this comment

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