The company reimagining personal air mobility is now taking preorders for its sporty two-seater vehicle and plans to begin rollout in 2024
Israeli company AIR, creator of personal eVTOLs for the consumer market, has unveiled its debut vehicle, AIR ONE, and announced it is now accepting pre-orders. It describes AIR ONE as a “sporty, easy-to-operate electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed for individual consumer ownership”.
Infused, says AIR, with a spirit of adventure, its inaugural vehicle “will feature aerospace innovation alongside cutting-edge automotive manufacturing techniques and product maturity to enable mass production of vehicles and accelerated integration of advanced air mobility into society on both a commercial and personal level”.
As the eVTOL industry gains traction with a primary focus on air taxis and other urban use cases, AIR asserts that it puts the freedom to fly directly into the hands of consumers, “with its sleek and playful AIR ONE vehicle intended for adventure, fun, and day-to-day flying by consumers”.
According to AIR’s CEO and co-founder Rani Plaut, “the future of mobility is in the sky, but to get there we need to build consumer confidence in eVTOLs as a legitimate mode of everyday transport and develop vehicles on a mass-scale to bring that vision to life”.
He describes AIR ONE as “our hat in the ring,” asserting that it simultaneously shows consumers “the first in a line of diversified, playful models for personal flight”, as well as “demonstrating cutting-edge technology that will enable high-volume production and scalability”.
The company’s inaugural vehicle is an all-electric two-seater eVTOL that offers a range of 110 miles on a single charge at speeds up to 155 miles per hour, with a flight time of one hour. AIR ONE prioritises everyday practicality for consumers, the company claims, with collapsible wings for easy parking and its ability to take off from or land on any flat surface.
At the heart of AIR ONE is the company’s ‘fly by intent’ software, which is designed to manage complex functions and navigation, so that usage isn’t restricted to highly skilled pilots and trained professionals. Additional safety features include an AI-enabled monitoring system which does frequent inspections of the vehicle and eliminates checklists for riders to ensure paramount safety, even for riders with minimal training.
Based on technology and manufacturing techniques from the automotive and aerospace industries, AIR ONE is designed from inception to be a fun, safe and practical vehicle that adheres to aerospace standards and regulations. To this end, AIR is currently working with the FAA to obtain G1 certification.
AIR has begun taking preorders. Pricing information will be announced in early 2022.