Frequently Asked Questions
You will receive a RECON (vehicle); six batteries; one charging cart; one tow cart; instruction on installation and maintenance; flight training.
Depending on weather conditions and the exact utilization, about 20 miles or 20-25 minutes of flight time. Warmer weather will reduce flight time as will higher altitudes and strong winds.
Between a 2 and a half hours and an 4.5 hours, but the batteries are swappable so you can change them out in about 5 minutes with a spare set. Your charging time is dependent on your AC power outlet. If you are on a 220VAC 60AMP circuit your time is significantly shorter than if you are on a 110VAC 15AMP circuit, which is a standard outlet in a home.
The RECON can run on 5 motors adequately to get you to the ground safely. If a motor goes out, you will be forced to land immediately.
The RECON is not a drone! Drone’s flying under 14 CFR, Part 107 and you are required to go through certification. The RECON is an ultralight vehicle and is regulated under 14 CFR, Part 103. This rule specifies that an operator may operate an ultralight, meeting the required specification defined in the regulation without a pilot’s license.
The warranty is a two year vehicle warranty and a one year battery warranty.
About 250 lbs. It is optimized for about a 210lbs person/operator with some added weight for things you might carry with you, like a radio and helmet or small tools. If you weigh more or less, time goes down or up. Realistically, you do not want have a total payload of more than 275lbs.
No person may operate an ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement or over any open air assembly of persons.
We will be providing maintenance training for the vehicle to the buyer. It is a very simple vehicle to maintain even with required service at particular hourly intervals, such as hours on motors, speed controllers and air frame. The flight control systems monitor all usage and let you know when to look at something. For example, if a motor is running hard or vibrating too much the computer system can tell you if there is a potential frame integrity concern. Vehicle analytics are tracked through our central servers and we can also alert the operator to any concerns, too. Additionally, we are building a network of service centers and distributors. As a distributor in your area becomes available, we will let you know. At the 100 hour point, we will contact you to have a service specialist do a full servicing of the vehicle. You can opt out of this notification to outside parties.
The operator has a checklist for pre-flight inspection and start-up procedures. These take about 3 minutes to complete and our computer system guides the user through it.
The flight control system is constantly evaluating your flight time based on vehicle metrics. It will alert you that you are going beyond your target range and tell you how much time you have left to fly. If you go too far and do not settle down the vehicle when it is low on power, it will force a “Land Now” and you will have no choice but to land the vehicle.
Yes, it’s designed to take off and land safely on water. However, this is not a boat. It is designed to takeoff and land on calm waters, it is not recommended to land in saltwater or on moving water such as rivers or in whirlpools.
We are limiting the altittude to about 400ft. The RECON is legally allowed to fly higher, up to 700ft AGL and 1,200ft AGL in Class G airspace. However, we believe you should fly about 35-45ft above the ground and avoid tree lines and power lines by going over them and then coming back down to about 35ft. We believe you will get the most flight time and the safest flight in this sweet spot.