Kitty Hawk Cora

Kitty Hawk Corp.
Mountain View, California

Kitty Hawk unveiled on March 12, 2018 that it had been flying a two-seat derivative of the Zee Aero Z-P2 in California and in New Zealand. The company also announced:

  • Zephyr Airworks is the operator of Kitty Hawk in New Zealand. New Zealand is recognised for its safety-focused regulatory environment and a strong history of excellence in airspace management.
  • Kitty Hawk established Zephyr Airworks in December 2016 “to be able to test and work with the New Zealand Government, New Zealand Maori/iwi, business partners and the community. We shipped our first air taxi to New Zealand in October 2017 and began testing shortly after that.”
  • Zee.Aero was the name of our Cora team while we were in development stage. Now that the Cora prototype is in the market, we wanted a name that reflected the spirit of Kitty Hawk’s mission of bringing everyday flight to everyone.

Kitty Hawk also described the safety features of Cora: “Cora is a vehicle just like a car or an airplane. Anything that moves has some inherent risk. Cora has a number of safety features such as:

  • Independent Rotors: Because our fans & propellers are electric, they can operate independently. An issue with one has no effect on the others.
  • Triple Redundant Flight-Computer: Cora is equipped with three independent flight-computers that each calculate its location. If there’s an issue with one of them, Cora can still reliably navigate.
  • A parachute that launches if Cora needs to land without its fans.”

Eric Allison with Cora N301XZ (California)
Eric Allison with Cora N301XZ (California)
Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)
Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)
Kitty Hawk Cora Pusher Prop
Kitty Hawk Cora Pusher Prop
Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)
Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)
Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)
Chief Engineer Jim Tighe and family
Kitty Hawk Cora (white, in CA)
Kitty Hawk Cora (white, in CA)
Information provided with the Cora announcement

Company Name: Kitty Hawk Corporation is a California-based company. Zephyr Airworks is the operator of Kitty Hawk in New Zealand.

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Kitty Hawk CEO: Sebastian Thrun

Zephyr Airworks CEO: Fred Reid

Product NameCora (prototype)

Type of Machine: Air taxi

Power: All-electric

Capacity: Designed for two passengers.

Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 3000 ft above the ground (150 m to 900 m).

Wingspan: 36 feet (11 m)

Vertical take-off and landing: Cora is powered by 12 independent lift fans, which enable her to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Therefore, Cora has no need for a runway.

Fixed wing flight: On a single propeller

Range: Initially about 62 miles (100 km)

Speed: About 110 mph (180 kph)

Regulation: Cora has an experimental airworthiness certificate from both the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We are working with the CAA on further certification goals to bring an air taxi service to the commercial market.