Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying craft racing series is inviting elite pilots from across the globe to take part in the upcoming first GP season.
Airspeeder and Alauda Founder Matt Pearson made the call to pilots from civil, military, motorsport, UAV and even esports backgrounds at the Agility Prime virtual event. This represented a gathering of more than 3,000 leaders in the emerging eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) sector organised by the United States Air Force (USAF) to further the role of eVTOL in civil and military aerial mobility.
“Defining the future of global aerospace is a truly global effort and the aim of Agility Prime is to empower the brightest minds across the globe to make the ’not yet’ the ’now’. Matt Pearson’s vision for Alauda and Airspeeder perfectly encapsulates this mission. From bases in Australia, the UK and through testing and racing across the world, his team will hasten a revolution in aerial transportation. We are delighted Matt has chosen our forum to make a call to elite pilots to be part of the most exciting and most transformative new sport on the planet,” said Colonel Nathan Diller, Team Lead, Agility Prime.
The racing series, which has just secured institutional funding from three leading tech VCs is moving rapidly through its technical development programme. The bold vision and that has inspired the creation of this revolutionary next generation motor sport will be applied to the selection of pilots.
As a next generation motorsport, Airspeeder is not limited to the traditional proving grounds for pilots in automotive and aeroplane racing.
“This is an opportunity for those with the required skillbase, cognitive and physical characteristics to join us in making history by piloting the most exciting motor sport vehicles on the planet. We want to talk to the best-of-the-best from motorsport, the military, civil aviation, drone racing and even esports,” said Matt Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder & Alauda.
Prospective pilots will be selected based on their previous aviation skill-sets and experiences. Candidates will undergo Airspeeder-specific flight screening and pilot training using high-fidelity simulators and actual aircraft. The programme will take into consideration the unique mental and physical elements of elevated risk and highly dynamic flying environments, such as stress loading and g-tolerance.
A talent pool of Airspeeder qualified pilots will be created that teams can then create rosters from. Further down the line, there is a vision that those pilots can then apply their services to the wider eVTOL passenger flight sector, very much in line with the open innovation philosophy that defines the company’s approach to accelerating the development of new technologies.