Rotor X Plans To Unveil Dragon Ultralight eVTOL at EAA AirVenture

Arizona company said it will begin delivering aircraft kits this fall.

Rotor X is marketing its Dragon eVTOL to an adventurous audience. [Courtesy: Rotor X]

Rotor X Aircraft said it plans to unveil the production prototype of its electric-powered Dragon personal air vehicle, or PAV, during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this July.

The company said the Dragon is easy to fly and can reach speeds of more than 60 mph (52 knots) while carrying a passenger of up to 250 pounds. The aircraft will fly for about 20 minutes on a full charge and a modular design allows battery packs to be removed and installed quickly.

The dragon is designed with a number of safety features, including a ballistic parachute, reinforced landing gear, and a system of sensors that enables automated takeoff and landing. Rotor X said the design of the Dragon’s power system, which includes coaxial propellers, compensates and allows the aircraft to land safely if one of its motors fails.

The company said the Dragon, which will be sold as a kit, is meant “for those with an appetite for excitement and adventure.” The kits will be shipped with instructions, a video building guide and the tools required for assembly. Rotor X also said it will offer assistance with assembly and flight training.

Rotor X is accepting deposits of $19,500 for customers to reserve a place in line, and said it expects to begin deliveries in September.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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