RYSE Aero Technologies, the stage one electric vertical takeoff, and landing (eVTOL) company announced its successful launch of manned flight for their first offering, an all-electric ultralight vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, the RYSE RECON. The successful launch of multiple test flights began in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The test flights exceeded expectations, successfully testing the ultralight eVTOL flight control systems and saw the RECON complete a seamless takeoff, controlled hover, forward flight, pivot turn maneuvers, and a safe, smooth landing, performing optimally in a stable flight envelope.

Mick Kowitz, CEO of RYSE Aero Tech, says the recent test flights were a giant step forward in accomplishing the company’s goal, which is to provide an accessible aircraft to make flight accessible to all. The recent test flights demonstrate that the vehicle is reliable, stable, enjoyable, and, most importantly, safe.

The RECON’s inaugural flight marked a significant milestone in expanding aerial mobility to those living in rural areas and on large private lands. As an ultralight eVTOL aircraft, the RECON sets itself apart from competitors as it requires no pilot’s license to operate.

Slated to be delivered to customers in early spring 2023, key features of the RYSE RECON include:

  • Up to a 25-mile range.
  • Up to 63 MPH top speed per Part 103 specifications.
  • The ability to operate on both land and water.
  • Ability to be easily mass-produced while maintaining low-cost maintenance.
  • Operation within the specifications of 14 CFR, Part 103.
  • Six independent propulsion systems with independent, removable, and rechargeable batteries.
  • Rugged structure makes it easier to access agriculture, ranching, vineyard areas, and any place it would otherwise be difficult to reach.

ABOVE: The RECON fits into any standard barn opening, is lightweight, and can be stored easily. There are no emissions, the cost to fly is low, and the rechargeable battery packs are inserted into your included charging station with ease.

ABOVE: Piloted by Erik Stephansen, RYSE Aero Technologies’ Director of Regulatory Affairs and Aeronautics, the RECON’s inaugural flight marked a significant milestone in the company’s goal to expand aerial mobility to those living in rural areas and on large private lands. “This is an amazing accomplishment for our entire team at RYSE Aero Tech,” said Mr. Stephansen. “It was effortless and very enjoyable to fly. I was thrilled at how I could literally hover, take my hands off the controls, and the RECON sat there stable and safe.”