Hexa represents a groundbreaking type of aircraft that can be operated by anyone, without the need for a pilot's license, redefining the promise of flight for the ordinary individual. This innovative aircraft is powered by Distributed Electric Propulsion, which comprises eighteen independent electric motors and propellers. These are the only moving parts on Hexa, ensuring perfectly stable, controlled flight. Notably, it is not merely limited to air travel, as the aircraft is also amphibious, equipped to land on both land and water. The aircraft's amphibious nature is achieved through the employment of four perimeter floats for stability and buoyancy and a fifth centrally-located float crafted from energy-absorbing foam, catering to added buoyancy and protection against hard landings.
The design of Hexa is centered around simplicity and safety, keeping novice pilots in mind. A triply redundant autopilot computer aided by a single, 3-axis joystick is all that's needed to fly Hexa, providing a unique user experience. For more relaxed interactions, pilots can use the seven-inch touchscreen in the "Look mom, no hands!" mode. Despite being an ultralight aircraft with a fully carbon fiber body that weighs only 432 lbs., Hexa holds compliance with the FAA's Powered Ultralight classification.
Lastly, Hexa is constructed with safety as a paramount consideration. The aircraft can safely fly and even land with up to six motors disabled, reducing the likelihood of needing the autonomous ballistic parachute present as an additional safety measure. LIFT, the creator of Hexa, aims to utilize technologies matured in the drone industry to democratize human flight, opening a pathway to a cleaner, exhilarating, and more efficient alternative to traditional road travel prone to congestion and burning of fossil fuels.
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