Kitty Hawk

  • Kitty Hawk Enters Service

    Kitty Hawk Enters Service

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, July/August 2018

    Kitty Hawk is taking electric vertical flight to the consumer market. If the Flyer lives up to its promises, hundreds — if not thousands — will be flying every day.

    The recent explosion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development has engaged a...

  • Kitty Hawk at Lake Las Vegas

    Kitty Hawk Flyer

    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA

    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...

  • Meet Cora

    Meet Cora

    By Mike Hirschberg

    Vertiflite May/June 2018

    On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, the Mountain View, California-based company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page finally went public.

    With the hashtag #MeetCora, Kitty...

  • Kitty Hawk Cora

    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 recognized for its safety-focused regulatory environment and a strong history of excellence in airspace management.
    • ...

  • Original Zee Aero Concept Now Public

    Original Zee Now Public

    In a CNN episode airing on Dec. 24, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk/Zee Aero. Thrun unveiled the first public flight footage of the original eVTOL concept built and flown by Zee Aero in 2013. The video showed a subscale model (shown) perform a vertical takeoff, a transition to 60 mph (100 km/h) and a vertical landing. This concept was replaced by a more advanced version that has been conducting manned flights at...

  • From Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk (sidebar)

    Aerovelo Wins World Records: From Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017

    Sidebar to Back to Kitty Hawk: Exploring the Secrets of the Kitty Hawk Flyer

    The Kitty Hawk engineering team is led by Dr. Todd Reichert (aerodynamics) and Cameron Robertson (structures).

    While graduate students at the...

  • Back to Kitty Hawk

    Back to Kitty Hawk: Exploring the Secrets of the Kitty Hawk Flyer

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017

    It’s a long way from the windy sand dunes of the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the San Francisco Bay, but the aviation adventure that the Wright brothers launched near Kitty Hawk in 1903 now continues with new electric vertical takeoff and...

  • (Image) Interview with Dr. Todd Reichert, Kitty Hawk, July 28, 2017

    eVTOL News Video, Ep.1: Kitty Hawk Flyer Demo

    AHS is proud to kick off its original series of eVTOL News videos! Episode 1: "Kitty Hawk Flyer Demo" is an interview with Kitty Hawk's director of engineering, Dr. Todd Reichert (of Aerovelo fame), and includes clips from the first public flight on July 28, 2017 at EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

    From Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017

    The Flyer in Oshkosh
    On the warm morning of July 28, aviation enthusiasts lined the shore of Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh,...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype)

    Flyer (Prototype)
    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA

    Kitty Hawk unveiled the prototype for their electric VTOL "Flyer" for recreational flying with a video on YouTube on April 24, 2017. From their website at the time: "The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. 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. We publicly revealed the...