On Dec. 11, LIFT Aircraft provided a status update of their Hexa multicopter. The company has now built and tested three working prototypes to inform key design improvements for production. These include a stronger and lighter airframe; more reliable, efficient and quiet field-oriented control (FOC) motor controllers; a redesigned landing gear (from quad to hex) for greater balance and stability; and the addition of a fourth dissimilar, redundant flight computer. The company is planning a 25-city US tour, with more than 13,000 people already signed up for a short, 8-to-15-minute fun ride. The company is also navigating the hurdles in collecting revenue for operations under the FAA’s ultralight regulations.

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