Loveland, Ohio, USA

According to the Workhorse website: “SureFly is a personal helicopter/VTOL aircraft designed for safe and easy flight. With eight independent motors each driving a single carbon fiber propeller, a backup battery power system, and a ballistic parachute to safely land in the event of emergency, the SureFly provides unparalleled safety for a personal aircraft.”

The company announced the program in a press release on May 31, 2017, stating: “It features a gas combustion engine generating electricity and a parallel battery pack offering a redundant backup power source, eliminates the need for long battery charging periods between flights. SureFly is designed to be easy to operate, and is expected to be capable of carrying two passengers up to 70 miles.”

Workhorse stated that it planned to begin test flights later in the year and intends to achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification in late 2019. The aircraft was displayed at the Paris Air Show in June 2017 and AirVenture in July 2017.

“That broader view may have helped the company in its latest fund-raising round, which garnered $12 million.”

“The company already has taken 22 orders for the helicopter, with $2,000 refundable deposits. The first test flight with human passengers will be conducted later this year.”

The SureFly is expected to sell for approximately $200,000 each.


  • Vertical take off and landing
  • Electric Driven Props: 2 props per arm, counter-rotating. Eight motors, each driving a single propeller
  • Piloted Vehicle designed to carry pilot and passenger or pilot and cargo
  • Gasoline Piston Engine drives dual generators to provide power to prop motors
  • Dual Lithium Battery Packs: 7.5 kWh each, used for emergency landing power (5 minutes) in the event the gasoline generator fails
  • Full computer and electrical system redudancy
  • Ballistic Parachute
  • Fuselage and props are carbon fiber for durability and light weight
  • Fix Prop Pitch and no transitional parts (No wings, tail, tilt rotor or tilt wings) for simplicity and safety
  • Onboard GPS navigation system
  • Static ports and a heated pitot tube for altimeter and air speed measurements
  • Detect-and-avoid sensors
  • Maximum flight distance: 70 miles
  • 70 mph (60 kt or 113 km/h) top speed
  • One hour of flight time available per tank of gasoline
  • Flight ceiling of 4,000 ft (1200 m).
  • Curb Weight: 1100 lb. (500 kg)
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 1500 lb (680 kg)
  • Maximum payload: 400 pounds
  • Battery backup system with max theoretical battery power of 20.8 amp hours
  • 200 hp (150 kW) at 6,000 RPM aviation gasoline engine (premium unleaded 90 octane gasoline)