The ASKA, says the company, is a new door-to-door mobility option offering the freedom to choose to travel on the road or in the air. The four-seater vehivle drives on the road like a car, and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), as well as short takeoff and landing (STOL), and flies like an aircraft.
“We have focused significantly on ASKA’s safety elements,” says Guy Kaplinsky, Co-founder & CEO, NFT, Inc., “which include dual energy sources, large wings, large propellers, six pack of batteries to ensure ASKA is as safe in the air as it is on the ground. We anticipate that flying cars that are accessible to the general public will be as instrumental in re-defining how and where we live, as the original automobile was to the foundation of our country’s highway and road systems.”
“To build a better society and a better economy,” adds Maki Kaplinsky, Co-founder & Chair/COO, NFT Inc., “we need better transportation solutions, and flying cars will be a part of that equation.”
ASKA, says the company, represents a new dimension of innovation that delivers optimal structural performance and integrity. Its aerodynamic design (patent pending) is designed to enable the vehicle to provide an excellent driving experience on the road and fly safely and efficiently in the air.
The initial limited model of ASKA has a flight range of up to 250 miles powered by electric motors, and is equipped with a range extender as a redundant safety system. The vehicle can achieve up to 150 mph in flight mode, and its fully electric system architecture enables future models to convert range extenders to any other energy source such as hydrogen.
People can board ASKA at their home, on the street or in a parking lot, and drive it like a regular car, says the company. The size of a large SUV in drive mode, the vehicle is offered as a performant road vehicle.
To transition to flight mode, ASKA lifts off vertically in a designated vertipad launch space – no need to travel to a special air terminal or wait in line with other travelers. As the wings open, ASKA transitions to smooth flight, programmed to the driver’s destination.
After safely transitioning to a vertical landing in a vertipad, ASKA can be driven as a car, or be parked in a standard parking lot, on the street, or in a garage. Flying the vehicle will be made simple through semi-autonomous technologies, says the company, although pilot training will still be needed to operate ASKA in the air.
The FAA and EASA have moved ahead to certify street-legal conventional aircraft. ASKA’s development and flight testing are being conducted in accordance with FAA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines for certification, says the company.
Dual type of power supply sources exist for optimal safety: each rotor has an independent battery power source plus a range extender power to ensure continued flight and a safe landing in the event of an emergency.
ASKA’s full scale flight demonstrations will be taking place in 2022, and the company says it is part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign along with Boeing, Bell, and others – the only consumer-oriented company in this group. The company also says it has opened the world’s first consumer flying car showroom, located in Los Altos, that features demonstration models of the ASKA and also functions as a learning center about urban air mobility.
A special limited edition of ASKA is now available for preorder and priced at $789,000. Interested buyers can register at the company’s site to start the sales process and to place a $5000.00 deposit to secure their place on the preorder list. The deposit will be held in an escrow account and is fully refundable.
Customers placing pre-orders will also be granted one option of share equity if eligibility requirements are met to comply with securities laws. VIP services included in pricing are Pilot License training, Customized interior/exterior design, and a Personalized license plate. The ASK™ is targeted for delivery in 2026, pending standard regulatory approval and certification.