Pivotal Begins Selling Helix, “First Production Light eVTOL Aircraft in the U.S”

Piv­otal Aero, a “mar­ket leader in light eVTOL air­craft”, announced this week the offi­cial launch of online sales for its “high­ly antic­i­pat­ed fly­ing vehi­cle” named the Helix, reports a press release. The start­ing price is USD190,000 before tax­es, deliv­ery, or oth­er fees, as applic­a­ble. Cus­tomers can place orders for deliv­ery in the U.S on Pivotal’s web­site (see below). First cus­tomer ship­ments begin on June 10th of this year. The Helix’s capa­bil­i­ties are nav­i­gat­ed “with intu­itive joy­stick con­trols, guid­ed by a sim­ple user inter­face.”

The release explains, “At the heart of this sin­gle-seat vehi­cle lies a robust fault-tol­er­ant design, bol­stered by triple mod­u­lar flight con­trol sys­tems for safe­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty. Effi­cient, com­pact, and sim­ple, the Helix is trans­portable and easy to assem­ble — from stor­age to sky in 30 min­utes. It dis­as­sem­bles to fit into a 16-foot trail­er.”

Ken Karklin, CEO of Piv­otal, com­ment­ed, ”The mar­ket is ready for the won­der of aer­i­al recre­ation and short-hop eVTOL trav­el. We are ready to pro­vide the beau­ty and free­dom of per­son­al flight to a whole lot of peo­ple with a pas­sion for fly­ing and an inter­est in cre­at­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of avi­a­tors and avi­a­tion.”

Ear­ly access cus­tomer, Dean Owen, remarked, “As one of Piv­otal’s Black­Fly cus­tomers, I can’t wait for more pilots to join the fold. There’s no bet­ter feel­ing than fly­ing in this air­craft, and I want to share it with peo­ple like me who have dreamt of fly­ing for a long time. This is an excit­ing moment to get in on the Helix and a grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of Piv­otal pilots.”

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Helix Pack­ages

The Helix is offered in three con­fig­u­ra­tions, with the abil­i­ty to add acces­sories and ser­vices for fur­ther cus­tomi­sa­tion.

: Pack­age 1 offers a white and car­bon fibre exte­ri­or fin­ish and includes a dig­i­tal flight pan­el, canopy, HD land­ing cam­era, charg­er, vehi­cle cart, cus­tom mark­ing, com­pre­hen­sive pilot train­ing, and war­ran­ty: Base price of USD190,000.

: Pack­age 2 offers a gloss white and striped car­bon fiber exte­ri­or fin­ish and includes the fea­tures above, plus a trail­er with dual wing cart; 4k cam­era with land­ing assist, record­ing, and shar­ing fea­tures; ADS‑B air traf­fic sys­tem; two charg­ers; and enhanced war­ran­ty. Base price of USD240,000.

: Pack­age 3 offers an exte­ri­or in gloss white, car­bon fibre, with cus­tom accent colour and includes the fea­tures above, plus a pre­mi­um flight deck, three charg­ers, bea­con air­craft light­ing; inte­grat­ed emer­gency loca­tor trans­mit­ter, one addi­tion­al train­ing slot for a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber; and the option to ful­ly cus­tomise the exte­ri­or at addi­tion­al cost, design depen­dent: Base price of USD260,000.

More Infor­ma­tion

: The Helix is only avail­able in the Unit­ed States.

: Cus­tomers can order the Helix online with a USD250 non-refund­able appli­ca­tion fee.

: To secure a Helix pro­duc­tion slot and fore­cast­ed ship date, a deposit of USD50,000 is due with­in five busi­ness days of ini­tial order place­ment.

: The Helix is man­u­fac­tured in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia.

<em>From stor­age to flight in 30 min­utes a 16 road trail­er can hold every­thing need­ed to take the Helix to uncon­gest­ed Class G air­space areas<em>

Impor­tant Read­ing

: While no pilot license is need­ed, train­ing is essen­tial.

: As the Helix com­plies with FAA Part 103 (Ultra­light) cat­e­go­ry in the Unit­ed States, the FAA requires Ultra­light air­craft to fly over non-con­gest­ed areas only and away from air­ports. And why under this reg­u­la­tion, no pilot license is required.

: All Helix pilots must suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete com­pre­hen­sive ini­tial and peri­od­ic recur­rent flight train­ing to sup­port safe oper­a­tions in all sit­u­a­tions. Cus­tomers will select their train­ing dates and receive deliv­ery tim­ing once Piv­otal receives the air­craft deposit.

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