Ryse Aero Technologies lets farmers to take to the sky

Farm Progress

If you’ve dreamed of flying over your farm to check things out, Ryse Aero Technologies may be the airship you’re looking for. This Ohio-based startup has created a unique machine that can be flown without a pilot’s license and offers a new way to see a farm or ranch.

“I’m a technologist by nature,” says Mick Kowitz, founder and CEO, Ryse Aero Technologies. “I’m also a private pilot.”

He explains that he and a few business partners started discussing the electric vertical takeoff and landing market – eVTOL – which is today focused mainly on creating air taxis. Kowitz and his partners saw a different opportunity: an ultralight machine that could be flown by anyone.

Kowitz recalls those early discussions of creating an ultralight. He admits as a private pilot that he has no love of conventional ultralight machines, but discussions continued. He recalls early arguments about the idea and his stance that “a good technology doesn’t always make a good business.”

The discussion turned to agriculture and the wide use of all-terrain vehicles to get to remote places or travel around farms and ranches. “An ultralight is generally a sports and recreation class vehicle,” Kowitz says. But then he started looking at how a “sports and recreation” ultralight class machine could be used by a business noting that farms use ATVs and utility vehicles.

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Full Specifications V1

An ultralight electric vertical takeoff & landing vehicle, powered by six independent motors.

MAXIMUM OCCUPANT WEIGHT

BATTERY LIFE AT FULL POWER IN 15 MINUTES (VARIES WITH WIND AND WITH 155 LBS)

TOP SPEED

63 MPH

MAX ALTITUDE

700 FT AGL, 10,000 MSL

MAX OPERATING WIND

22 KTS

CRUISING SPEED

35 KTS

MOTORS

40K V 52 PAIR POLE WATER RESISTANT

SPEED CONTROLLERS

120 A

GNSS/GPS & AHRS

FULLY INTEGRATED INS, GNSS/GPS AND AHRS WITH DEGRADATION REDUNDANCY

SOFTWARE

OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE WARNING SYSTEM FOR GROUND FEATURES

DIMENSIONS
L X W X H

188 IN X 89 IN X 57 IN

WEIGHT

129.7 KG (286 LBS)

MAXIMUM OCCUPANT WEIGHT

200LB Occupant in ideal conditions provides the best results for expected battery life.*

*Maximum payload depends on many factors including, but not limited to, weather and battery life.

FRAME

ALUMINUM

PROPULSION MODULES

SIX

PROPELLER

60 IN X 19 IN CARBON FIBER

OPERATOR SEAT

CARBON FIBER/ KEVALR BREAKWAY SAFETY SEAT

JOYSTICKS

VERTICAL SINGLE AXIS AND TWO AXIS DIRECTIONAL

TABLET PC

INTEGRATED REMOVABLE TABLET PC WITH REDUNDANT CONTROLS FOR MANEUVERS