Electric Jet Aircraft
Anderson, Indiana, USA
Pete Bitar founded Electric Jet Aircraft in 2018, pursuing a lifelong goal to build an electric powered jetpack. 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.
The VertiCycle was one of the few aircraft able to fly in the February 2020 GoFly competition Final Fly Off. While damaged components prohibited a flight using a large scale battery pack, the aircraft was still able to perform an unmanned flight through the use of Tesla battery packs. Since that demonstration, a newer iteration of the VertiCycle has been developed. This version, faster than previous iterations, features larger ductless propellers with mounted screens designed to protect the pilot and bystanders.
Electric Jet Aircraft is also responsible for the development of the EJ-1S eVTOL jetpack.
- 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
- Electric Jet Aircraft website
- Electric Jet Aircraft Twitter
- Article: Meet the Teams, Go Fly Prize, Jan. 8, 2019
- Article: Oshkosh e-AirVenture, Vertiflite, Sep/Oct 2019
- Article: AHS Supports GoFly!, Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017
- Article: Flying Solo: GoFly Advances Single-Passenger Air Mobility Solutions, Vertiflite, May/June 2019
- Article: GoFly Inspires Innovation, Vertiflite, May/June 2020
- Article: GoFly Teams Prepare to Fly Again, Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2020