Lift Aircraft’s passenger drone is all about fun flights

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The 18-rotor aircraft can be manned without a pilot’s license.

Lift Aircraft. While the likes of Uber, Airbus and Porsche tinker away on their respective passenger and transportation drones, a lesser-known startup is taking an altogether different approach. Instead of getting mired in the logistics and regulatory frameworks of city-wide drone rides, Lift Aircraft wants you to use its 18-rotor “Hexa” aircraft for short recreational flights. The large drone — which weighs 432 pounds and is capable of 10-15 minutes of continuous flight with a single passenger — could be available to the public as early as next year.

Lift is promising flight experiences at hubs located in “scenic, un-congested areas” in 25 cities across the US. Because the Hexa doesn’t count as a “real” aircraft (it’s a “powered ultralight”) it doesn’t require a pilot’s license. However, you also can’t go past a few hundred feet of altitude or fly over populated areas.

Here’s how it will work: if you decide to fork out around $150-$200 for the experience on a day out, you’ll first have to complete a VR training simulator. Budding pilots must be over 18 years of age, up to 6 foot 5 inches in height and weigh under 250 lbs. You’ll then be able to take to the skies for up to 15 minutes at a time, controlling the drone using a joystick and an iPad, while its onboard computer keeps it stable.

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Lift Assist

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Now You Don’t Have A Reason Not To Get Up Off Your Butt

I don’t want to be mean, but so many boomers today are just too darn fat. Yes, I know, kids are fatter than ever, teens, mothers… yada yada. But boomers, your time to trim down to a healthy weight is limited, face it. And unless you do it soon, that time will be shorter, because your lifespan is exponentially shorter every day you put it off.

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Trapped for 41 Hours in an Elevator

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Scary! Very scary!

The longest smoke break of Nicholas White’s life began at around eleven o’clock on a Friday night in October, 1999. White, a thirty-four-year-old production manager at Business Week, working late on a special supplement, had just watched the Braves beat the Mets on a television in the office pantry. Now he wanted a cigarette. He told a colleague he’d be right back and, leaving behind his jacket, headed downstairs.

 

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