Ryse Aero Technologies, a stage one electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company, announced its successful launch of manned flight for their first offering, an all-electric ultralight vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, the Ryse RECON. The successful launch of multiple test flights began on June 27, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The test flights exceeded expectations, resulting in the successful testing of the ultralight eVTOL flight control systems and saw the RECON complete a seamless takeoff, controlled hover, forward flight, pivot turn maneuvers, and a safe, smooth landing, performing optimally in a stable flight envelope. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Air Taxis: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft 2021-2041.
"Today's test flights were a monumental step forward in accomplishing our mission, which is to provide an accessible aircraft to people with a purpose and make flight accessible to all," said Mick Kowitz, CEO of RYSE Aero Tech. "We proved today that this vehicle is reliable, stable, and enjoyable, but most importantly, it's safe."
As an ultralight eVTOL aircraft, the RECON sets itself apart from competitors as it requires no pilot's license to operate, making it accessible to all. Piloted by Erik Stephansen, Ryse Aero Technologies' Director of Regulatory Affairs and Aeronautics, the RECON's inaugural flight marked a significant milestone in the company's goal to expand aerial mobility to those living in rural areas and on large private lands.
"This is an amazing accomplishment for our entire team at RYSE Aero Tech," said Mr. Stephansen. "It was effortless and very enjoyable to fly. I was thrilled at how I could literally hover, take my hands off the controls and the RECON sat there stable and safe."
Slated to be delivered to customers in early Q2 2023 key features of the Ryse RECON include:
- Up to a 25-mile range.
- Up to 63 MPH top speed per Part 103 specifications.
- The ability to operate on both land and water.
- Ability to be easily mass-produced, while maintaining low-cost maintenance.
- Operation within the specifications of 14 CFR, Part 103.
- Six independent propulsion systems with independent, removable and rechargeable batteries.
- Rugged structure making it easier to access, agriculture, ranching, vineyard areas, and any place where it would otherwise be difficult to reach.
With each additional flight test, Ryse expects to incrementally ramp up the RECON's capabilities and limits.
Source and top image: Ryse Aero Technologies