ASKA, an air mobility company, has made history as its 4-seater eVTOL becomes the first flying car to enter the type certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The ASKA™ A5 prototype has received the Certificate of Authorization (COA) and Special Airworthiness Certification from the FAA, commencing flight testing. ASKA is now collaborating closely with the FAA to achieve type certification, which ensures adherence to airworthiness, noise, fuel venting, and exhaust emissions standards.
During Q1/2023, ASKA achieved significant technological milestones, including the debut of the ASKA™ A5 prototype at CES and successful field and driving tests. ASKA CEO and Co-founder Guy Kaplinsky highlights the data gathered from flight testing as instrumental in progressing towards type certification. The initial phase is complete, and ASKA is now advancing towards the next milestone: G1 status, a crucial step in the FAA cross-validation process that establishes airworthiness and environmental requirements for Type Certification Validation.
The ASKA™ A5, a four-seater eVTOL roughly the size of an SUV, offers both road and air travel capabilities. With a maximum flight range of 250 miles and an airspeed of up to 150mph, it provides versatility and convenience. The vehicle prioritizes safety, a key factor contributing to positive progress in obtaining FAA type certification. Equipped with large aerodynamic wings for safe landings and the ability to glide, it features six independent motor systems for flight and incorporates a ballistic parachute.
ASKA Co-founder, Chair, and COO Maki Kaplinsky emphasizes the significance of airworthiness certification in ensuring the development of a safe drive & fly eVTOL. The ASKA™ A5's roadworthiness eliminates the need for modifying or electrifying existing airports, making efficient use of current infrastructure and charging stations. ASKA is actively collaborating with local Bay Area airports to test and validate their concept of operations, allowing the ASKA™ A5 to transition seamlessly from car to aircraft.
Furthermore, the ASKA™ A5 enables energy-efficient short takeoffs from runways using in-wheel motors and propeller thrust. Charging can be done at home or EV charging stations, and the range extender engine operates on premium gasoline available at standard automotive gas stations.
Since its pre-order reservations opened in 2021, ASKA has already secured an impressive $50 million in pre-orders, highlighting the strong market demand for their innovative eVTOL aircraft.