Israeli startup AIR unveils its full-scale eVTOL prototype

May 10, 2022
AIR, based in Pardes Hanna, Israel, showed off its electric flyer at the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., - AIR, a commercial-focused eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft company unveiled the full-scale prototype of its inaugural vehicle, AIR ONE, at the Kentucky Derby.

The all-electric aircraft offers a range of 110 miles (177 km) on a single charge at speeds up to 155 mph (250 km/h). With collapsible wings, AIR ONE can be stored in most garages, driveways, and is suitable for trailer hauls.

AIR says the AIR ONE produces 771 HP with a maximum payload of 441 pounds (200 KG) and can charge from 0% to 100% in one hour, and can "top off" from 20% to 100% in just 30 minutes.

Select attendees were able to sit inside the aircraft and experience virtual flight in the AIR ONE with AIR's simulation technology. AIR simultaneously announced a partnership with Aeroauto to establish a specialized Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicle showroom and dealership in Palm Beach County, Fla.

"It is a great honor to become the world's first specialized Urban Air Mobility vehicle showroom and dealership, bringing an international manufacturer to North America as an AIR Brand Ambassador, while becoming their North American Flagship retailer for sales, service, and customer training center," said Sean Borman, CEO of Aeroauto. "We feel that AIR's advanced technology will be a great asset to the industry of personal transportation as a whole. The AIR ONE is an exciting addition to the US's personal transportation market and for all the people that have been dreaming of these incredible machines for decades."

Since coming out of stealth last year, AIR has completed a successful drop test and has finalized the first stage of the power and communication system integration. The company is also currently preparing to begin hover testing shortly and continues to work closely with the FAA to finalize its formal application en route to Step 2 of the G1 Certification Basis Document.

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