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 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
Aircraft Type: Wingless VTOL, Intracity
Range: 10-15 minutes of flight time
Top Speed: Undisclosed
Propeller Configuration: 18 independent electric motors and propellers
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot
Autonomy Level: Pilot operated, semi-autonomous
Empty Weight: 432 lbs
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.