The Electrafly eVTOL is a personal flying machine designed by Electrafly based in Utah. The aircraft, which can carry a single passenger, is extremely lightweight, and is powered by a hybrid-electric system that includes both electric propellors and a jet engine. ElectraFly intends for users to fly short distances within urban areas.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: VTOL, fixed wing
Powerplant: 4 electric motors with lift propellors @80lbs thrust each + 1 jet engine for thrust @70lbs
Range: 20 miles
Top Speed: undisclosed
Propeller Configuration: 4 rotors, 4 ft diameter each
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Wingspan/Dimensions: 14 ft by 14 ft (est)
Headquarters: Salt Lake City, Utah
Type of Machine: Personal Air Vehicle
Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 5000 ft above the ground.
Vertical take-off and landing: Propellors provide lift and some forward direction, while jet engine provides supplemental forward thrust.
Regulation: Aiming for FAA Part 103 (Ultralight) certification within the next 2-3 years.
Funding: Internally funded, supported by various partners and owners.
Our Take on ElectraFly
Although ElectraFly has not released many details about its aircraft and plans for production, the company has a solid team behind it and an exciting aircraft design that features a combination of jet propulsion with electric propellers/motors and partially fixed wing flight that may give ElectraFly an edge over many other competitors in the personal aerial vehicle (PAV) market. ElectraFly launched in 2017, so their certification timeframe is nearing. FAA Part 103 certification should ease the process of obtaining approval for operations within the US, though the specific timeline for that approval is TBD, likely in late 2021 or 2022.