FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

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, 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 have a video and microphone contact with the pasengers at all 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.





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

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, 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 have a video and microphone contact with the pasengers at all 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.





Ownership and Usage

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, 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 have a video and microphone contact with the pasengers at all 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.





Vehicle Specifications

specs

luggage?


Yes. up to 120 kg / 260lbs (if flying solo) up to 20 kg / 44lbs if 2 or more people onboard The vehicle has a boot capacity of 20 kg (for an overnight bag or golfclubs) The rear seat can carry up to 100 kg of normal or oversized luggage.




how much does it cost?


FLUTR can be rented by the minute, (self flown or with an on call pilot), or purchased outright. The price per minute is only 4$US or 4 EUR. There is a minimum charge of $50/flight. The current price for outright ownership is $199,000 (US dollars). Actual price for orders made closer to delivery may vary (up or down), and taxes may apply. FLUTR is able to ffer such a low price because of the high manufacturing volumes being arranged. There will also be a minimalized annual fee to cover maintenance, insurance, licensing, registration, air traffic control, and remote flight management services. The first year’s annual fee is included in the price. More announcements on pricing will be provided later. Vehicle financing options will be provided. We will be working hard to reduce the cost over time to offer widespread affordability, both for individuals wishing to rent, self fly, own, and for corporates to own and operate.




what colors, interior and equipment options are available?


For base consumer roles, a Base model and an Enhanced model are available. Full model options will be revealed at the model release date. Model release date is yet to be advised.




will it fit in my garage?


Yes. With a folding design it is designed to fill the space of an SUV. Unfolded it is designed to take up the equivalent of less than 2 car parking spaces. 18' X 9' folded. 2.1m high. 18' X 18' unfolded.




how fast does it go?


Fast! Cruising at 250km/h (150mph). Even faster with a tailwind.




is it noisy?


During take-off, FLUTR is designed to be no noisier than a small truck. This noise level will be produced for less than a minute. In cruise it will be reasonably quiet, so it won’t upset neighborhoods who deserve their peace and quiet. As the vehicle accelerates from hover t cruise, more power is required, however this is applied at a height and distance at a minimum distance from any noise sensitive property.





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, 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 have a video and microphone contact with the pasengers at all 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

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.





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.