Electric Jet Aircraft
Anderson, Indiana, USA
Electric Jet Aircraft’s VertiCycle is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) hoverbike and a competitor in the GoFly Prize competition.
The VertiCycle appears to use the same lift motors as the company’s EJ-1B jetpack. The cycle has four duct fans providing a combined 784 lb (356 kg) of thrust. The prototype has an open pilot’s seat and roll bar centered above the quad fan arrangement. It is believed to be a hybrid system of gas and batteries. It is surmised that like the EJ-1 roll and balance are controlled by computer while forward, reverse, and yaw maneuvers are manually controlled.
- Dimensions: With and without pilot: 101.7”diagonal max; 88” wide x 88” long x 88” tall
- Propulsion: Electric ducted fans: 4 carbon-fiber, 44” ducts. 4 carbon-fiber, 3-bladed propellers
- Motor type: 4 25kw electric motors w/400 amp ESCs
- Energy type: Batteries (LiPo) 40 kwh @ 290 wh/kg
- Average thrust (250 lbs thrust per duct): 1000.0 lbs (25 kw = 33.5 hp per duct)
- Net average thrust: 544.5 lbs
- Net average available thrust for maneuver: 344.5 lbs
- Pull-weight with wheels on ground/cart: < 28.5 lbs (tested 700 lbs empty weight)
- Top Speed: 50 mph
- Maximum estimated flight time: 31.0 minutes at 88% throttle (Experimental Class – Ultralight = 20.0 minutes)
- Maximum range: 25 miles, plus takeoff and landing
- Noise Output (estimated) at 50 feet: Target: <70 db; currently 80.5 db tested
- Control System: PixHawk 2.0 (triple) with Android GUI
- Dimensions, with and w/o pilot: 101.7”diagonal max; 88” wide x 88” long x 88” tall
- Pilot maximum weight: 200 lbs
- Total empty weight: 455.5 lbs Experimental Class /304.0 lbs Ultralight Class
- Total empty weight amphibious: Adds up to 60 lbs, plus BRS allow for up to 335.2 lbs and still be Part 103, ducts float.
- Retro Rocket system
- Emergency system: Ballistic Parachute
- Estimated Retail Price: $59,995.00 USD