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  • Cora First Flight

    Air New Zealand Partners with Zephyr Airworks

    Air New Zealand and Zephyr Airworks announced on Oct. 16 that they had signed an agreement to work collaboratively on bringing the world's first autonomous electric air taxi service to market in New Zealand. Zephyr Airworks is the operating company in New Zealand for Kitty Hawk’s Cora eVTOL.

    The agreement between the national carrier and the operator of Cora, the world's first autonomous...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

    Kitty Hawk Flyer 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...

  • Kitty Hawk at Lake Las Vegas

    Kitty Hawk Flyer

    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA

    The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle sponsored by Google founder Larry Page.

    The Flyer was colorfully described by The Verge as a “bobsled mounted on a couple of pontoons surrounded by a bunch of drone rotors” It uses ten electric motors for vertical...

  • 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...

  • Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)

    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...
  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • (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...

  • Flyer Prototype Featured Image

    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...