FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions

What is FLUTR


A personal air vehicle for getting from home to the shops, school, work, client’s office, the golf course, a trip to the beach, the mountains, or wherever your imagination takes you. It can also be used for rapid response emergency vehicles in congested urban neighborhoods or remote country areas, and search, rescue and patrol operations for safety organisations. Together, many FLUTR vehicles become a scaleable aerial mobility transport system. FLUTR stands for Flying Urban Transporter It is also an abbreviation of "flutter" as in the motion of butterflies.




what does FLUTR the company do


FLUTR, the company, creates air vehicles and technology suitable for the widespread adoption of personal air transport. Separate FLUTR vehicles combine to form a centrally managed aerial mobility transport system.




is it easy to fly?


If you can drive a car, and use a smartphone, you can drive FLUTR. Getting used to a vehicle that flies is faster and easier than you may think. Or if you want to pay a little extra, a professional pilot can come and do the flying for you (AirTaxi mode).




how many people will it fit?


1 - 4 people* 2 adults, or 1 adult, 2 children, or 1 adult, 3 small children. (child size determined by weight- details later) *final capacity determined by regulatory permission




what happens if something goes wrong?


In case of mechanical failure or unscripted incident, a rapid deploying chute is deployed. We are evaluating various chute designs, and in conjunction with built in energy absorbing seats and airbags, to ensure a safe outcome from any height.




how do I use it?


FLUTR can be hailed like a taxi using the FLUTR app (under development), or if you have done the quick 1-2 day training course, you can find the nearest FLUTR on the app and jump in and fly it yourself. Or you can purchase and fly your own vehicle from home/office/anywhere at anytime. Or you can use your company owned FLUTR anytime (self fly, or piloted).




when will it be ready?


We are working at warp speed to get this vehicle into the hands of the millions of people who want one today. As soon as a complete and safe vehicle and operating system is fully tested and certified by the safety authorities we will let you know.
In the meantime you can reserve flights (FLUTR minutes) or pre-order vehicles.





Where

where

where can I fly it from?


FLUTR can be flown from driveways, carparks, quiet streets, backyards and rooftops. As well as traditional helipads, airfields and airports.




can I drive it on the road?


"Where we're going, we don't need roads" We believe that if you can store FLUTR at home, and it’s not so noisy that your neighbors will complain, then there is no need to drive FLUTR to another location, like a heliport, vertiport or airport, to take-off or land. And when you fly directly to a carpark near your destination, there will be no need to drive it further just to find another car park. It is however fitted with small slow-speed electric wheels for moving it around your driveway, street or garage.




how high can it fly?


Typical everyday heights will be 500 to 2500 ft (150 - 750m, 1/10 - ½ mile). = 2 X Empire State Building, NY = 2.5 X Eiffel Tower Height, Paris = 2.5 X Commerzbank Tower, Germany = 1.0 X Burj Khalifa, Dubai This low operating height is designed to reduce operating costs, minimize trip times, minimize crossing paths of other air-space users, avoid turbulence, and to not interfere with airlines. The maximum height possible will be 10,000ft (approx 3000m, 3km, 2 miles) (measured from sea level). The vehicle is capable of 20,000 ft if oxygen is carried, but this is not for normal operations.




do I follow roads?


The flight paths are designed to follow main roads as far as practical to minimize any potential noise to communities, to maximize privacy to communities, and to minimize any potential risks to communities. You can follow preset flight paths, or make your own (subject to airpsace limitations).




can I land anywhere?


Take off and landing locations are typically: Driveways Yards Street front next to drive way Car parks Car park rooftops Parklands Low traffic streets Most cities permit or do not forbid helicopter landings at these sites subject to infrequent usage. Minimum landing size is a circular area of 8.5m / 28ft diameter. On firm ground (bitumen, concrete, wood, stones, grass, dirt, ice. Not mud or snow.) More specifics on this at a later stage for each country of intended use.




where can I find the nearest FLUTR?


By using the FLUTR app (under development). Or FLUTR vehicles can be bought outright for own or corporate use. You can self fly a FLUTR (if you have done the rapid training course), or call for a piloted airTaxi to come and pick you up.




can I fly at night?


Yes and no. Night flying functionality will be inhibited for FLUTR drivers, but qualified pilots may fly it at night. A FLUTR driver is a person who has completed the 1-2 day training course, which is the typical FLUTR customer. This is different from a conventional helicopter pilot with a FLUTR type rating. A FLUTR driver may upgrade their FLUTR license to a traditional pilot’s license at any time after doing a conventional helicopter licence training course. But the FLUTR vehicle and flight management system is designed to not require a conventionally trained helicopter pilot. Night flying functionality for FLUTR drivers may be available at a later date as avionics technologies improve.




can I fly in any weather conditions?


Flying in strong winds, heavy rain, fog or other significant weather functionality is initially inhibited. Additional functionality will be released over time as operational experience is accumulated and avionics improve.





Licensing

licensing

don't I need a license?


If you want to fly it your self then yes. Because the vehicle and remote pilot system handles 99% of the piloting, you only need to learn a few skills via a 1-2 day quick course to be licensed on a FLUTR. Or just call for a piloted FLUTR to pick you up.




license and training


We are working with relevant authorities to reduce the training to just one weekend. Due to the simplicity and safety of the onboard and remote flight management and piloting system, you are likely to pick it up in less than an hour. We will handle all of the licensing paperwork requirements for you. You will be issued a FLUTR license. Minimum pre-requisites are a driving license and associated minimum medical requirements. Or just call for a piloted airTaxi FLUTR.




is it easy to fly?


Extremely. If you can drive a car and handle a smartphone, then you can learn how to fly yourself with FLUTR in a few short days. Automatic flight stability, weather, terrain and traffic avoidance, route guidance, system monitoring, means that you just have to select your destination and push START.




isn’t aircraft ownership complicated? With maintenance, annual inspections, insurance etc?


Yes. We will manage this headache for you. FLUTR will arrange maintenance through a network of approved and certified aircraft mechanics. FLUTR will arrange insurance coverage for the vehicle and the driver, through a fleet wide provider. FLUTR will arrange scheduled annual maintenance inspections by coming to your location. In a FLUTR of course.





Pricing

ownership and usage

if I purchase a FLUTR, can I sell it to anyone?


Yes. But FLUTR reserves the right to ensure that the new owner will be a responsible operator. To do this any owner must agree to the terms of the owner’s agreement which details a minimal number of simple and reasonable conditions that ensures the safety of themselves and the public that they will fly over. The principle of responsible ownership is supported by the general aviation and regulation community.




how does FLUTR guarantee the competence of drivers?


We will ensure that competent and approved driver training is provided, and we will use background and medical checks to keep airspace safe. Just as importantly we will endeavor not to over regulate or complicate the process. Definitely no red tape. Airspace and aerial freedom of movement belongs to you, not bureaucratic corporations.




I'm a qualified pilot, can I buy one?


Of course. Although we are not intending that the vehicle be used just for pilots, but by everybody. But we realize that there is a strong demand by pilots who are looking for a simpler and easier flying vehicle ownership experience. Note that your flying license will likely not cover this type of vehicle and flying conditions, so supplemental instruction will be required (separate FLUTR type rating).




can I buy a FLUTR and use it as an airTaxi?


Yes. Note only qualified commercial pilots are legally allowed to drive FLUTR as a taxi (due to government regulations in most countries). You will require a normal helicopter license, and a commercial airplane license. FLUTR will screen pilots for suitability (flight and competence test) before allowing them to fly passengers or cargo commercially, as FLUTR is connected to a centrally managed flight operating system.




can I buy a fleet of FLUTRs and lease them out?


Yes. More details coming soon. Please contact sales@flutrmotors.com for pre-release information.




if I reserved a delivery slot is it easy to cancel?


Yes. Deposits with initial amounts above $1,000 are fully refundable at any time, up to the date of delivery. Instead of cancelling you may wish to sell your delivery slot which can be done on the website. See terms for full conditions.





Ownership and Usage

ownership and usage

if I purchase a FLUTR, can I sell it to anyone?


Yes. But FLUTR reserves the right to ensure that the new owner will be a responsible operator. To do this any owner must agree to the terms of the owner’s agreement which details a minimal number of simple and reasonable conditions that ensures the safety of themselves and the public that they will fly over. The principle of responsible ownership is supported by the general aviation and regulation community.




how does FLUTR guarantee the competence of drivers?


We will ensure that competent and approved driver training is provided, and we will use background and medical checks to keep airspace safe. Just as importantly we will endeavor not to over regulate or complicate the process. Definitely no red tape. Airspace and aerial freedom of movement belongs to you, not bureaucratic corporations.




I'm a qualified pilot, can I buy one?


Of course. Although we are not intending that the vehicle be used just for pilots, but by everybody. But we realize that there is a strong demand by pilots who are looking for a simpler and easier flying vehicle ownership experience. Note that your flying license will likely not cover this type of vehicle and flying conditions, so supplemental instruction will be required (separate FLUTR type rating).




can I buy a FLUTR and use it as an airTaxi?


Yes. Note only qualified commercial pilots are legally allowed to drive FLUTR as a taxi (due to government regulations in most countries). You will require a normal helicopter license, and a commercial airplane license. FLUTR will screen pilots for suitability (flight and competence test) before allowing them to fly passengers or cargo commercially, as FLUTR is connected to a centrally managed flight operating system.




can I buy a fleet of FLUTRs and lease them out?


Yes. More details coming soon. Please contact sales@flutrmotors.com for pre-release information.




if I reserved a delivery slot is it easy to cancel?


Yes. Deposits with initial amounts above $1,000 are fully refundable at any time, up to the date of delivery. Instead of cancelling you may wish to sell your delivery slot which can be done on the website. See terms for full conditions.





Vehicle Specifications

licensing

don't I need a license?


If you want to fly it your self then yes. Because the vehicle and remote pilot system handles 99% of the piloting, you only need to learn a few skills via a 1-2 day quick course to be licensed on a FLUTR. Or just call for a piloted FLUTR to pick you up.




license and training


We are working with relevant authorities to reduce the training to just one weekend. Due to the simplicity and safety of the onboard and remote flight management and piloting system, you are likely to pick it up in less than an hour. We will handle all of the licensing paperwork requirements for you. You will be issued a FLUTR license. Minimum pre-requisites are a driving license and associated minimum medical requirements. Or just call for a piloted airTaxi FLUTR.




is it easy to fly?


Extremely. If you can drive a car and handle a smartphone, then you can learn how to fly yourself with FLUTR in a few short days. Automatic flight stability, weather, terrain and traffic avoidance, route guidance, system monitoring, means that you just have to select your destination and push START.




isn’t aircraft ownership complicated? With maintenance, annual inspections, insurance etc?


Yes. We will manage this headache for you. FLUTR will arrange maintenance through a network of approved and certified aircraft mechanics. FLUTR will arrange insurance coverage for the vehicle and the driver, through a fleet wide provider. FLUTR will arrange scheduled annual maintenance inspections by coming to your location. In a FLUTR of course.





Safety

safety

how is FLUTR safe?


Safety is a state of mind. From inception through to implementation, the founders, engineers and everyone involved in the development, manufacturing, training, maintenance, and operation are both experienced and passionate about aviation and safety. We constantly look out for the worst case scenario so you shouldn't even have to think about it. FLUTR is regulated by the highly respected aviation safety authorities EASA in Europe, FAA in the US, CAA in the UK, CASA in Australia, and other regulatory authorities in the countries in which FLUTR and it's products will operate. Notwithstanding our high standards, pragmatically speaking FLUTR is not immune from the statistics of aviation accidents, as with any form of mobility, so we continue to stay on high alert for the known and unknown risks that accompany aerial mobility.




onboard emergencies?


FLUTR is designed for all typical aviation scenarios, such as engine failure, fire, bird strike and many others. Each possible scenario is meticiously analyzed and an emergency response sequence is designed into the system. For example an onboard fire requires an immediate automatic landing at a nearest suitable landing area, carried out in a minimum amount of time. Remote pilots also have a video and microphone contact with the pasengers at most times for added situational awareness.




who monitors FLUTR for safety?


FLUTR is regulated by the highly respected aviation safety authorities EASA in Europe, FAA in the US, CAA in the UK, CASA in Australia, and other regulatory authorities in the countries in which FLUTR and it's products will operate. In Germany, flight operations are monitored by the LBA.




what technology does FLUTR use to ensure safety?


FLUTR uses a remote pilot monitoring and flight management system, which is staffed by seasoned airline pilots. The FLUTR vehicle has a low altitude rapid inflating chute. Multi redundant system components. High crashworthiness fuselage structure and materials. Fireproof cabin. Experienced staff from inception through to operation.





Technical

licensing

don't I need a license?


If you want to fly it your self then yes. Because the vehicle and remote pilot system handles 99% of the piloting, you only need to learn a few skills via a 1-2 day quick course to be licensed on a FLUTR. Or just call for a piloted FLUTR to pick you up.




license and training


We are working with relevant authorities to reduce the training to just one weekend. Due to the simplicity and safety of the onboard and remote flight management and piloting system, you are likely to pick it up in less than an hour. We will handle all of the licensing paperwork requirements for you. You will be issued a FLUTR license. Minimum pre-requisites are a driving license and associated minimum medical requirements. Or just call for a piloted airTaxi FLUTR.




is it easy to fly?


Extremely. If you can drive a car and handle a smartphone, then you can learn how to fly yourself with FLUTR in a few short days. Automatic flight stability, weather, terrain and traffic avoidance, route guidance, system monitoring, means that you just have to select your destination and push START.




isn’t aircraft ownership complicated? With maintenance, annual inspections, insurance etc?


Yes. We will manage this headache for you. FLUTR will arrange maintenance through a network of approved and certified aircraft mechanics. FLUTR will arrange insurance coverage for the vehicle and the driver, through a fleet wide provider. FLUTR will arrange scheduled annual maintenance inspections by coming to your location. In a FLUTR of course.





Aerial mobility for all - that's our aim.     
                     
And as the world’s roads finally reach full capacity,  we have no choice but to reach to the skies.
A better way to get to the office, shops, school, anywhere is required.
It has to be fast, efficient, safe, easy to use, quiet, affordable and sustainable. And fun.
A new transport system.
The skies belong to you, and the solution is coming soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Note: All specifications and vehicle descriptions are design targets and may be different from final tested and certified capability.