Ryse Aero’s one-person eVTOL is like a flying ATV

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

Ryse Aero’s one-person eVTOL is like a flying ATV — with a use-case I wouldn’t have thought of:

The startup sees many potential use cases for the aircraft — search and rescue, parks and recreation, oil and gas mining — but Ryse’s go-to-market strategy targets the agricultural industry in the United States.

“We’re really leaning into reduced crop compaction, reduced soil compaction, being able to get to your fields in the planting season,” said Kowitz. “You might have a blight out in the field, and the soil’s really wet, but you still gotta get out there. What farmers do is they drive as far as they can with their pickup truck or their ATV, and they walk in sometimes for two or three miles to where the problem is. The Recon can get them there rather quickly without a lot of compaction.”


Aside from avoiding soil compaction, Kowitz says the Recon can save farmers, ranchers and vineyard owners an even more precious commodity — their time. The Recon has enough battery capacity to fly 10 miles out and 10 miles back, which equals about 25 minutes of play at a top speed of 63 miles per hour.

At $150,000, that’s quite an ATV.


  1. Wang Wei Lin says:

    Compaction? Really? I know farmers that manage 1000s of acres. They would laugh in your face at this suggestion.

  2. Harry Jones says:

    If you’ve got crops several miles from the nearest paved surface, then maybe you need more paved surfaces. Gravel will do. One lane.

  3. Grasspunk says:

    If these became popular, country music would suffer.


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