Airflight Prototype 1
Brønderslev, North Jutland Region, Denmark
In 2019, four men from Denmark, Travis James Mathers, Mikkel Bundgaard, Kasper Fuglsang Christensen and Mikkel Kærsgaard, founded Airflight. The company has the goal of providing safe and exciting low-altitude electric vertical take of and landing (eVTOL) aircraft available for the public without difficult training and expensive costs. Their first Facebook post was on July 2, 2019.
According to one of Airflight's YouTube videos from December 2019, the title of each team member is the following:
- Mikkel Kærsgaard Sørensen, Technical Director and Enthusiastic Visionary
- Travis James Mathers, Head of Business Development and Organized Strategist
- Mikkel Bundgaard, Head of Hardware Engineering and Disciplined Performer
- Kasper Fuglsang Christensen, Head of Software Engineering and Creative Problem Solver
The company is financially supported solely by the founders, with no bank loans or money from venture capitalists. The partners are working for very low salaries, some have part-time jobs and some have borrowed money from family and friends.
It has been very intense. A lot of hours have been spent on the project, and there have been a lot of challenges because we do not have a kitchen recipe or can look at someone who has done it.
—Mikkel Kærsgaard Sørensen
While Airflight has not stated the cruise speed of their eVTOL aircraft, the company states it can hold one person up to 100 kilos (220 lbs) and fly for about 10 to 15 minutes. The prototype aircraft has four sets of propellers, four electric motors and 1,120 battery cells for its power source.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Pilot with auto-navigation taking over if pilot makes a mistake
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Flying time: 5-10 minutes
- Propellers: 12
- Electric Motors: 4 (44 horsepower each, each engine can lift 100 kg [220 lbs])
- Power to weight ratio: 1.54 hp/kg
- Maximum weight: 225 kg (496 kg)
- Empty weight: 125 kg (276 lbs)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: Full canopy for spectacular views
- Landing gear: 4 fixed landing struts
- Size: 4X4 meters (13X13 feet)
- Safety Features: The aircraft will compensate for any type of pilot error and will not allow the aircraft to crash into any object or the ground