Doroni founder and CEO Doron Merdinger became the first person to pilot a two-seat personal eVTOL in the U.S. on July 3, 2023, when he flew a full-scale technology demonstrator for Doroni's H1 "flying car."
Doroni Aerospace is developing a two-seat personal eVTOL vehicle called the Doroni H1. The project started a single-seat design in 2016, and was adjusted to increase payload after getting feedback from prospective customers. In January 2022, the company told FutureFlight that it expected to complete construction of a full-scale prototype by June 2022, with a view to starting flight testing by the end of the year. It is aiming to certify the vehicle under the FAA"s rules for light sports aircraft so that owners would not require a pilot's license to operate it. Instead, they would need only to conduct 15 hours of training and 5 hours of solo flying. The company said that it had begun to engage with the FAA over certification arrangements and is aiming to start deliveries in 2024.d
According to co-founder Doron Merdinger, it expects to produce 22 H1s in the first year of production, rising to more than 700 units by the fifth year of manufacturing. As of January 2022, the company had raised $427,000 from 472 individual investors. It holds a U.S. design patent, and has a patent application pending to cover aspects of the aerodynamics.