The proposed aircraft is not intended to be a replacement for medevac helicopters. “Our mission is getting boots on the ground as quickly as possible,” says Dietrich. Today’s helicopters are not able to accomplish the mission, which requires landing on a standard two-lane suburban street, next to a home, for example, where an emergency is in progress. The goal is to cut the helicopter’s response time to half of its current 7-minute average, he says. Electric-powered aircraft are particularly suited to the mission, as they “switch on,” rather than having any kind of warm-up period—and “switch off” following the flight—as opposed to piston- or turbine-engine rotorcraft that need one or the other.