Assen Aero A1
The Assen Aero A1 is an electric hoverbike that is adapted from a café style motorbike - and the resemblance shows. Three ducted fans allow for propulsion, lift, and stability, and the pilot rides the hoverbike with the same stance that they would a normal motorcycle. Assen Aero was founded by Assen Andonov, an entrepreneur at heart who's been heavily involved in the aerospace industry for most of his life.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: VTOL, no fixed wing
Powerplant: Battery packs, type undisclosed
Top Speed: undisclosed
Propeller Configuration: 3 rotors, each with 3 ft diameter, approx
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Wingspan/Dimensions: 6 ft by 7 ft
Our Take on the Assen A1
Assen Aero took an intelligent approach to prototyping their A1 hoverbike. Rather than start with an entirely clean-sheet design, the company adapted already established engineering components for their A1 aircraft - the main body comes from a motorcycle, and large ducted fans provide a stable means of propulsion. The market for the A1 does have a few competitors - Kittyhawk's Flyer (now archivved) and Hoversurf's S3, namely, but Assen has been able to bring their product to fruition successfully throughout the conceptual design and testing phases. Next steps would be adding robust safety features and proving the operational consistency of the design prior to initial sales to customers.