Doroni Aerospace has announced that International Vehicle Research president Johnny Doo has joined as an advisory board member focussing on autonomous electric vertical flight vehicles.

He is the Group Lead of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF) Working Group 4: Public Services, having teamed with over 100 industry leaders and experts to develop the roadmap and use-cases for advanced air mobility (AAM) and eVTOL-enabled search and rescue, firefighting, disaster relief, emergency/humanitarian response, law enforcement, medical transport, and military operations.

He is also the lead author of the NASA eVTOL Aircraft Technology for Public Services white paper, and has over 30 years of experience managing and developing crewed and uncrewed aviation products, including high-performance piston aircraft, personal and business jets, regional aircraft, new-generation aviation engines, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The Doroni H1 is on track to begin flight testing with plans to secure FAA certification and launch commercially in the second half of 2024. The two seater personal eVTOL will be for sale with an estimated starting retail price of $195,000.

Anyone with a current valid driver’s licence and completion of a 20-hour training course can own, fly, and park it in a standard two car garage. Designed with an intuitive, easy-to-use aircraft control system for auto-stabilising multiple rotor aircraft with 4 axes of movement, its aerodynamic features combine the best elements of a drone and aircraft.

First and foremost, ducted propellers are an absolute must for a flying vehicle capable of landing in a front yard or parking in a standard two car garage, in areas near families and children at play.

The Doroni H1 will also be equipped with airframe parachutes and a variety of sensors, including 360° anti-collision sensors, lidar, barometer, and an optic flow camera which helps the aircraft maintain its altitude and position in windy conditions.

This is in addition to multiple redundancy batteries, emergency airbags, increased lift and stability, ten independent propulsion systems, energy dissipating landing gear, and an energy dissipating body.

Doroni Aerospace revealed the completed cockpit of the Doroni H1 personal eVTOL with an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience at Wittman Regional Airport’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 from July 25-31.