Personal eVTOL aircraft requiring no certificate to fly hits U.S. market

Jan. 16, 2024
Pivotal’s Helix is an electric vertical takeoff and landing design that qualifies as a Part 103 ultralight built for recreational flyers, Jack Daleo writes for Flying.

PALO ALTO, Calif., - If you’ve dreamed of taking to the skies but are too busy to put in the hours for a full program of flight training, there’s a strange new aircraft you can fly without a certificate—and it’s now on sale in the U.S., Jack Daleo reports for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 January 2024 -Palo Alto, California-based Pivotal opened online sales of its personal electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Helix aircraft, with a base price of $190,000.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designates the sub-350-pound Helix as a Part 103 ultralight aircraft, so someone without a pilot qualification can fly it.

“We’re proud to begin selling, and soon delivering our Helix aircraft,” said Ken Karklin, CEO of Pivotal. “The market is ready for the wonder of aerial recreation and short-hop eVTOL travel. We are ready to provide the beauty and freedom of personal flight to a whole lot of people with a passion for flying and an interest in creating a new generation of aviators and aviation."

Would-be flyers need to be no taller than 6-foot-5-inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds.

Related: EHang announces its first commercial eVTOL passenger flight

Related: Lilium selects Honeywell thermal management tech for its eVTOL

Related: AIBOT selects Honeywell flight controls for its eVTOL

Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Military Aerospace, create an account today!