Personal flying saucer Zeva made the first test flight (video)
The discussion around the highly controversial concept of the future single-seat air taxi company Zeva in the form of a flying disc, first presented in November last year, does not stop.
The company is convinced of the undeniable advantages of its brainchild: their air taxi is very compact compared to others, corresponds to the dimensions of a motorcycle and easily fits in an ordinary garage. It also does not require a large area for planting. A simple scheme without inclined thrust guarantees fast, maneuverable flight in two modes – vertical take-off / hover and horizontal movement.
The company is convinced that since the absolute majority of potential users get to work alone, it makes no sense to increase the number of seats in a taxi more than one. Then the aircraft will be able to accelerate to a maximum of 250 km/h and fly at a range of up to 80 km. Zeva considers developing island states as a promising market, as well as a considerable number of thrill-seekers around the world.
The first unmanned flight of Zero, a prototype of the future air taxi, captured on video, demonstrated a confident takeoff, performing several very simple maneuvers and landing. So far, the company does not plan to work out horizontal movement, which, however, does not mean abandoning the idea of an unusual and very interesting flight technique.
If the project is successful, the price of serial devices will be about $ 250,000.