Based in China, Zhao Deli has created an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) flying hoverbike, called the Magic Cloud. From when he was young, Zhao always liked electronics, science and had the dream to fly. In 2008, Zhao by chance, saw a group of people flying remote-controlled model aircraft which sparked his interest in flying again. He began to work on, study and learn to make model aircraft, including drones and helicopters and learned how to make them fly.
After making electric drones for several years (including a hybrid-electric drone), Zhao started his own company in 2010 to sell drones. The company created five different drone models to manufacture and sell. Then around 2016, Zhao read about a hover surfboard from Canada, this information was the catalyst to for him to begin building an eVTOL hoverbike for one passenger.
He started out funding himself with his own money, by selling his home and borrowing money from friends. He has now attracted investors to keep his research going. After his drone company went bankrupt, Zhao Deli attracted an investment of $2.8 million (USD), all from Chinese venture capitalists.
The Air F1 is a two passenger eVTOL hoverbike and has been designed for a maximum altitude of 328 feet (100 meters). The two passenger eVTOL multicopter was filmed and reported on several times on news websites in May and June of 2020. Zhoa says the two passenger eVTOL aircraft could change police aviation and rescue operations for the better, in Dongguan, in the south of China.
As of 2020, Heitech was aquired by XPeng and now exists as a branch of the company.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL hoverbike
- Piloting: 2 passengers
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Flight time: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Lithium-ion batteries
- Fuselage: Light weight material
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.
- XPeng website
- Hey XPeng YouTube Channel
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- Article: Chinese Inventor Develops Working Drone Motorcycle, The Drive, July 28, 2018
- Article: Chinese Inventor Plans To Take His “Hoverbike” On A 3,400 Mi Journey, Mike Shouts, July 30, 2018
- Article: Zhao Deli's two-seater multirotor, Helicomicro, Apr. 29, 2020
- Video: Octocopter aims to change city aviation, Play Stuff, Date Unknown: Possibly May or June 2020
- Article: Chinese two-seat octocopter aims to change city aviation, PressTV, June 10, 2020
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- Video: China's kiwigogo! Two seat version flying motorcycle Air F1, carrying two persons 100 meters, Alvin Tang, May 10, 2020
- Article: China's Rising eVTOL Industry, Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2021