Personal Planes

October 14, 2022

MyCopter - Personal

PhotoAside from the fact that it looks really, really good, the vehicle's performance isn't too bad either.

Private aircraft manufacturer Cobalt launched the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie on November 12, and it's the fastest private aircraft in its class of single-piston engines, boasting the ability to travel up to 260 knots — other single engine piston aircrafts usually max out at 242 knots.

The plane is the fifth prototype of the model, according to . And you can pre-order your very own here, but don't expect to go on a swanky joy ride any time soon. The company is still completing its test flight program and will need full certification by the FAA. Colbalt needs to clear the certification process so it can start delivering planes to buyers during summer 2017.

It flies up to 1, 050 nautical miles (1, 200 miles), according to the Cobalt's website. It's a canard aircraft, which means it has a forewing that increases maneuverability and lift to prevent the plane from stalling in the air.

cobalt exteriorThe propulsion engine is located in the back of the plane, which makes the ride in the cabin quiet and comfortable. It also has a super large canopy and a 320-degree view so you can really see the sky.

The California-manufactured plane is so fancy that it's practically designer. The interior's leather seats are hand-stitched by former Hermès craftsmen. And to match that suave lifestyle, there's a spot on the dashboard to dock your iPad.

Your friends can join you too, since it seats five people, including the pilot, "with ample storage for golf clubs, skis and suitcases."

cobalt dashboard

Cobalt also launched the Valkyrie-X, which is technically the same model. The only difference, a Cobalt spokesperson told Mashable, is that the Valkyrie-X is the experimental version doesn't require an FAA certificate in order for it to sell.

"Each Valkyrie-X aircraft will undergo its own experimental certification, done by the purchaser in conjunction [with] Cobalt, " a Cobalt spokesperson said in an email. "It will be incumbent upon each owner and operator to secure the experimental certificate."

The spokesperson added that experimental planes offer some cost savings — the Valkyrie-X is $100, 000 cheaper than the Valkyrie — and that early adopters get to fly one before waiting for the FAA certification.

In the world of private aircrafts, the Co50 Valkyrie is priced somewhere in between. You can buy a private plane like the Icon A5 for a little under $200, 000, or the Cirrus Vision SF50 which costs $1.96 million and fits up to five adults and two children.

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