Two Jetson One personal eVTOLs take flight in formation for the first time

Jetson One Personal Aircraft Fly in Formation
Two Jetson One eVTOLs soar in seamless formation. Images courtesy Jetson

The realm of personal aviation has witnessed an exciting development as two Jetson One personal electric aircraft recently demonstrated their ability to fly in formation, signaling a significant progression in the capabilities of single-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. This event, showcased in a video released by Jetson, captures not only a technical achievement but also hints at expanded functionalities for these futuristic crafts.

The Jetson One has become a symbol of modern personal flight, designed to provide freedom and accessibility to the skies for individuals without professional piloting skills. This eVTOL’s increasing popularity is evident from the high volume of pre-orders, demonstrating a strong market interest. The recent formation flight of two Jetson Ones marks a first in public demonstrations, featuring the latest iterations of the aircraft and suggesting potential new uses beyond individual transport.

Traditionally touted as a personal means to “open the skies,” the Jetson One is among the few eVTOLs that operate with a single-seat configuration on a global scale. The capability of these aircraft to operate in sync offers promising prospects for various applications, ranging from emergency response to potential entertainment ventures like drone racing.

In terms of design and functionality, the Jetson One is not just a mode of transportation but a blend of advanced engineering and user-friendly technology. It sports eight powerful motors connected to as many propellers, ensuring robust propulsion and an enjoyable flight experience. The aircraft’s controls are uniquely intuitive, with the left hand managing altitude and the right directing the flight path, allowing novice users to feel like pilots in under five minutes.

Jetson One Personal Single-Seat Aircraft
The Jetson One, a personal single-seat eVTOL, features eight powerful motors.

Safety is paramount in the design of the Jetson One. The eVTOL includes a race car-inspired safety cell to protect the pilot, redundancy in critical systems allowing continued flight even with one motor down, hands-free hover, emergency functions, and a ballistic parachute for rapid deployment. Its Lidar sensor-driven auto landing system further enhances safety by enabling precise landings.

The construction of the Jetson One includes a lightweight yet sturdy all-aluminium spaceframe airframe, complemented by carbon fiber elements. The aircraft’s dimensions are modest, with a notable feature being its ability to fold down to a width of 900 mm for easy storage. It can carry a maximum pilot weight of 95 kg (approximately 210 lbs), and it reaches a software-limited top speed of 102 km/h (63 mph).

Jetson One Personal eVTOL Commute to Work
World’s first eVTOL commute: Back in May 2022, Jetson ONE co-founder Tomasz Patan slashed his commute time by 88% by flying from home to work.

From a technical perspective, the Jetson One has a maximum power output of 88 kW and uses a high-discharge lithium-ION battery. Its flight time caps at around 20 minutes, which is typical for current eVTOL designs focused on short-range missions. The service ceiling is above 1500 feet above ground level, providing a suitable range for a variety of recreational and practical applications.

Operating out of Arezzo, Tuscany, Jetson has positioned itself as a leader in the eVTOL industry by focusing not only on product development but also on ensuring compliance with aviation standards. The aircraft’s ultralight certification in Italy and its allowance for unmanned (remote-controlled) operations reflect this commitment. The eVTOL’s display at the “Volo in Rosa” event in Italy earlier this year further emphasizes its growing presence in European markets.

Jetson One Personal eVTOL Volo in Rosa
Public unveiling of the Jetson ONE, at Volandia Museum.

Despite its advanced features and capabilities, the Jetson One’s current market price is $128,000, with an $8,000 downpayment required, reflecting its positioning in the higher end of the personal aviation market. This price point represents a significant increase from its initial unveiling price of $92,000 in 2022, indicating strong market demand and the ongoing development costs associated with high-tech aviation products. The sold-out production slots for 2024 and 2025 underscore its popularity and the anticipation surrounding its potential.

In the United States, the appeal of the Jetson One is enhanced by the fact that no pilot’s license is required to operate it—only completion of a training program is necessary. This aspect, along with the aircraft’s robust safety features and the thrill of flying, makes the Jetson One an appealing option for those looking to explore the skies in their personal aircraft. As personal aviation continues to evolve, the Jetson One stands out as a significant player, bringing advanced eVTOL capabilities to a growing audience eager for innovation and freedom in personal flight.

Jetson One Personal eVTOL Speed
The Jetson One has a software-limited top speed of 63 mph, and does not require a pilot’s license (only training) to fly in the US.

Source: Jetson