Viva Las Vegas, the RYSE Recon one-person eVTOL doesn’t require a pilot’s license
It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s Elvis Presley flying the RYSE Recon one-person eVTOL in Vegas! Making multiple flights from the Las Vegas convention center to the city strip, RYSE hired a pilot dressed as Elvis Presley to showcase and highlight the Recon at CES 2023.
“Being the first aircraft to fly at CES is a big milestone for our company and product,” said CEO of RYSE Aero Technologies, Mick Kowitz. “Demonstrating the world’s first aerial utility vehicle (AUV) that anyone can fly at the most influential tech event in the world is an exciting opportunity for us. We have built this vehicle with the consumer in mind and we think everyone will identify with the RECON immediately.
The RYSE Recon one-person eVTOL can climb to a height of 10,000 feet thanks to six independent electric engines and batteries. Usually flown at a height of 100 to 125 feet, the Recon holds a limited max speed of 63 mph and will have a projected range of roughly 10 miles for 25 minutes on a full charge at a cruising speed of 35 knots.
According to RYSE, their target market are owners of ranches, farms, and vineyards. These workers would be able to conduct field surveillance, monitor animals and crops, and reach difficult areas without the need of ground vehicles, which can be harmful to soil.
As the Recon is an FAA ultralight aircraft, flying it doesn’t call for a pilot’s license. The engines and propellers aren’t made to handle huge cargoes, thus there is a weight limit of 250 pounds. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the company anticipates constructing 100 units this year and up to 1000 units by 2024.