It’s Time to Build Your Own VTOL Private Flying Car With This Kit
We’ve been hyping the happenings surrounding eVTOL flying cars and taxis for some time. But this is the first time we’ve come across a kit for those who just can’t wait to start flying to work, school, or play. This is the Dragon Personal Air Vehicle, from Rotor X. While we would like to think that, “It’s easy to build,” as Rotor X says, it does seem just a bit sketch, wouldn’t you say?
Who makes this flying car kit?
But we’ve got an open mind so let’s see. Rotor X calls the Dragon an ultralight eVTOL aircraft. All of the components come in separate boxes sent right to brave buyers. There are also instructions and a video guide. If you’re one of those that doesn’t look at the instructions, please don’t buy one of these kits.
Rotor X has been around for years and is known for its helicopter kits. Its helicopters can fly upwards of 11,500 ft at almost 100 mph. It even provides aircraft for the U.S. military. So this isn’t some shakey back-alley chop shop.
Does the Dragon flying car come with instructions?
Besides providing parts and instructions, Rotor X also offers a builder assist program. This lets customers build their Dragon, while also instructing them on how to fly it. The company emphasizes that you don’t need a pilot’s license to fly its eVTOL. Still, it offers online and in-person training should you be leery of your abilities or not one of those just-get-in-and-fly types.
But be aware that the Dragon can only reach speeds of 63 mph, and can only fly for 20 minutes between charges. With those caveats, you’re looking at making quick sprints to the grocery store. Or maybe a fast dash to church to pray you don’t crash. Unless you weigh more than 250 lbs, which is its weight limit.
The good news is that it’s not just you and the machine. There are a number of safety features built in should there be any apprehension. First is a parachute, which seems really important, and slightly reassuring. There is also a sensor-based auto-landing system, low battery alerts, an automatic takeoff and landing setting, and motor stops.
How much does the Dragon cost?
The motor stops are for just that, if one of the motors stops, the others will begin to spin faster to compensate. There is also a hands-free hovering feature, which is essentially like autopilot for airplanes. So now, does it seem a little more inviting?
If so, then you’ll need to reserve your own Dragon. They start at a cool $100,000. Or you can a $19,500 deposit to Rotor X to ensure you’re one of the first on your block. You won’t have long to wait as the first ones will be available next September, just in time for some summer flights.