Kitty Hawk at Lake Las Vegas

Flyer
Kitty Hawk
Mountain View, California, USA
www.Flyer.aero

Kitty Hawk unveiled their 8-propeller prototype Flyer eVTOL in April 2017. The production Flyer, which looks quite different with 10 propellers, was unveiled on June 6, 2018. The aircraft qualifies under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft category, since it weighs less than 254 lb (115 kg). The company said upon its unveiling, “We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes.”

Funded by Google’s Larry Page, Kitty Hawk includes Dr. Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, the leaders of the AeroVelo Atlas team that won the AHS International Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition (“AHS Sikorsky Prize”) in June 2013.

Kitty Hawk also unveiled the Kitty Hawk Cora product line in 2018, which is a much larger 2-seat eVTOL aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Flyer at Lake Las Vegas
Flyer at Lake Las Vegas
4 Kitty Hawk Flyers
4 Kitty Hawk Flyers

The following information was provided as a “fact sheet” on the Kitty Hawk Flyer website:

Company Name: Kitty Hawk Corporation

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Kitty Hawk CEO: Sebastian Thrun

Product Name: Flyer

Type of Machine: Personal aircraft

Power: All-electric

Capacity: Designed for one participant

Height Limit: Operates between 3-10 ft off the surface of water

Wingspan: 8’ x 13’

Vertical take-off and landing: Powered by 10 independent lift fans

Battery Life: Battery life will depend on participant weight, environmental factors, and forward speed.

Flight time: 12-20 minutes (at 20 mph)

Regulation: Part 103 Ultralight

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