Doroni adds president of International Vehicle Research to its advisory board

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.

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