Ryse Aero Technologies was founded in 2021 in Mason, Ohio, USA and Mick Kowitz is the President and CEO. The company has a goal of bringing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to the market for advanced air mobility (AAM) using advanced artificial intelligence and by using the company's extensive expertise of eVTOL aircraft, subsystems and flight characteristics. Ryse Aero Technologies plans to bring safe, reliable and affordable eVTOL aircraft to its future customers around the world.
The company plans on making modular aircraft allowing its buyers to have custom designed aircraft based on the needs of the customer. The company is focused on making an aircraft with a purpose, to make a good electric aircraft for jobs which are done better with flight. The first eVTOL aircraft the company has made is the Recon and it will make its debut at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on May 9-10, 2022, taking place in Long Beach, California, USA.
The Recon is a one passenger eVTOL multicopter aircraft with a top speed of 63 mph (101 km/h) and has a range of 25 miles (40 km). The aircraft sports six propellers, six electric motors, an open cockpit and open-framed fuselage. The multicopter is capable of making land-based and water takeoff and landings. This feature will be a big plus for customers as no prepared runways will be needed for flights and landings. Water landings and takeoffs will be very practical on our planet where 71% of the surface is water.
It will be easy to learn to fly the Recon multicopter because the aircraft features advanced artificial intelligence assistance and has simple cockpit controls. Extensive training will not be needed to pilot the aircraft. This type of computer aided piloting will expand the reach of people who might have never thought they would be able to fly an aircraft but with the Recon, they will be capable of flying the aircraft.
The patent-pending removable battery system has been designed for one person to replace batteries with minimal training. The battery packs are designed to work like replaceable batteries that you might find in power tools. The batteries are easy to remove, are rechargeable and you can have affordable spare sets of batteries on site. The removable battery pack feature will also allow easy replacement of better batteries which will available in the near future.
Features/Benefits of Recon
Easy to fly with minimal training
Easy to remove and replace its rechargeable battery packs
Cost-effective with little maintenance
Lightweight and easy to transport
Has high safety, high reliability and has multiple redundancies
Fits into a standard parking space
Can be used on many types of air missions
For taking off and landing on the ground, the aircraft has six fixed landing legs. Having fixed landing legs keeps the aircraft less complex, more reliable, keeps purchase cost down and keeps maintenance costs down. For water landings and takeoffs, the aircraft floats on the bottom of the open cockpit and the landing legs provide additional flotation, helping to keep the aircraft from tipping over in the water.
As the aircraft is modular, the company expects to provide different sized aircraft based on the customer's needs. Future aircraft will also have the option to add fixed-wings which will help extend the range and usefulness of the aircraft.
The first crewed flight was on June 27, 2022 in Ohio (USA), according to an Aviation Today article but according to a Ryse video, the first crewed flight took place on June 28, 2022. The aircraft has been made easy to fly for the non-pilot. The aircraft uses two joysticks to fly and the flight computers keep the aircraft steady even in gusty wind conditions. If the pilot wants to quickly land, the pilot flies to a open area and hits the "land now" button and the aircraft does the rest.
The company foresees their first sales to be to people with a lot of land, such as the farming and ranching communities. In the future, the company plans to further expand their customer base to park services, governments, land surveying, mining and energy industries. Here is a specific use example, the Recon will be an excellent way for farmers to survey their farm. Currently a farmer would use a truck or an all terrain vehicle (ATV) to survey their farm. But with the Recon, the farmer does not need a pilots license and will be able to survey their farm much faster in a passenger multicopter. Eventually, the aircraft will probably used for many types of air missions such as personal daily transportation, recreational use, tourism, first response use, search and rescue, air cargo and more.
The Recon eVTOL aircraft will be sold as an ultralight vehicle (Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR, Part 103 or FAA 14 CFR, Part 103). The company expects the Recon to be available for sale by January 2023.
RYSE Aero Technologies announced in January 2023, the opening of the reservation system for their the RECON. The eVTOL aircraft are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023. Customers are able to reserve the RECON for purchase on their website. RYSE attended the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to promote the RECON and the company was also the first eVTOL to ever take flight at the trade show.
The company also stated in January 2023 they are close to $10 million worth of reservations already in line and have from roughly 75 to 100 customers.
Power source: Batteries (easy to remove batteries)
Cockpit: Open cockpit
Landing gear: 6 landing legs and can takeoff and land on the ground or water
Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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