LIFT's Hexa is a short distance single-seater eVTOL designed to work much like shared scooter systems in urban areas do today. Users will be able to fly Hexa Aircraft between landing ports in urban areas, guided by instructions from a mobile app. Hexa will take off and land autonomously, making the flight experience seamless. LIFT plans on initially launching in 25 U.S citizens, and is already takin pre-sale reservations.
Stage of Development
Company Name: LIFT Aircraft
Headquarters: Austin, Texas
LIFT CEO: Matt Chasen
Product Name: Hexa
Type of Machine: Recreational/Urban transport eVTOL
Weight: 432 lbs
Capacity: Single Passenger
Altitude: Under 500 ft
Vertical take-off and landing: Hexa flys on by 18 independent electric motors and propellors.
Range: 10-15 minutes of flight time
Regulation: LIFT's is certified as a Powered Ultralight aircraft, meaning no pilots license is required to fly. LIFT CEO Matt Chasen has expressed his belief that making this smaller aircraft will put the Hexa in the air 'years before' other aircraft that transition to fixed-wing flight.
Funding: LIFT is currently taking pre-orders for flights in 25 U.S cities, each for around $200. It is also accepting inquiries for investment through its website.
Our Take on Hexa
The idea behind Hexa, according to CEO and Founder Matt Chasen, is to make personal eVTOL flight available to the public sooner rather than later. By recieving its certification as a Powered Ultralight from the FAA, LIFT has made this possible, and is on the track to launching flights in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Seattle Fairly soon. However since the Hexa is smaller aircraft that for now is mainly aimed at recreation, it has a smaller opportunity for scale than the longer term fixed-wing transition air taxis such as the Bell Nexus. While other larger vehicles will be the 'Ubers' of the skies, Hexa will take the market for short-distance transport that shared electric scooters have in many major cities.
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