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Urban Air Taxi System

Super low-cost (comparable to automotive rideshare like Uber or Lyft pricing), safe, and accessible urban air transport system.

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Current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations allow for aircraft  to have a provision/exemption for “Public Aircraft”. This is the loophole EJA will use in marketing its air taxi system, as well as its sale of current Ultralight-class aircraft to first responders.

Public Aircraft means that any government agency, Federal, State or Local, can own/lease/operate aircraft under its own rules, outside of those imposed by the FAA. Thus, for example, a City like Austin could buy or lease through an agreed-upon financing arrangement, a fleet of VertiCycles and VertiCoupes and could, under today’s regulations, operate a fully-functional aerial taxi system in its jurisdictional boundaries.

EJA would sell or set up a lease/financing option with the City or County, along with installing a network of VertiStops, and share each app-driven purchase’s revenues with the government agency.

Additionally, EJA can sell EJ-1 jetpacks to citizens that can fly in urban environments as long as they remain less than 10 feet off the ground, considered below “navigable airspace” and can be classified as "gravity mitigation devices". Thus, a person in a city could take off from their front yard, fly over traffic but still below power lines, etc., across fields and directly to a VertiStop, where they could meet an aerial taxi and go on from there to their destination. They could also leave their EJ-1 at the station in a locker, with a charger to recharge their batteries for later, or simply take their EJ-1 with them in the taxi.

Additionally, Tesla or charger-compatible car owners could drive to the VertiStop and use the Super Charger to charge their own cars at that station, leaving them there until they return from their air taxi journey.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Anyone can use the system by downloading an app. It can be used for regular transport, or for non-emergency medical transport (NEMT). It could be deployed for use by first responders for a variety of applications as well.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

The systems works. It has proven how simple it is to fly, and how autonomous it can be made. It is extremely safe and predictable, especially with the peace of mind of having multiple backup safety systems. We continue to learn about how the system can be used and the various applications users will innovate as ways it can be useful.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

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Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

Deliver one VertiCycle: $50,000 Deliver one main POC VertiStop: $40,000 Deliver one simple "desination" pad: $10,000 TOTAL: $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We will build and deliver one VertiCycle and then build a movable, functional proof-of-concept VertiStop as well as a simple "destination landing pad" that can be put a few miles away as a delivery/drop-off stop to demonstrate the system. We will then demonstrate the system with either weighted, life-size human "dummies" or real people, per the customer's preference.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We will be successful if we can demonstrate the usefulness and effectiveness of the UATS. We think there will be a lot of publicity around the demonstration, and it will inspire additional resources and public input as well as support.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The system would be a profit center for Austin, or any city that adopts it. This is detailed in the attached whitepaper.

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