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Kitty Hawk VTOL Has Flown 25,000 Times

Kitty Hawk's one-person Flyer VTOL.
Kitty Hawk's one-person Flyer VTOL.

Flyer, the one-person VTOL being developed by Kitty Hawk, the flying car company founded by former Google executive Sebastian Thrun, has now flown more than 25,000 times.

The company hopes to market the one-passenger/pilot Flyer alongside CORA, its two-person/piloted air taxi, which is being developed with Boeing.

Flyer is intended for recreational use. Kitty Hawk says most people can be trained to fly it in about 15 minutes. The aircraft features pontoons as it intended for flight over water, where it can hover between three and 10 feet above the surface. Speeds of up to 20 mph can be reached.

Powered by all-electric motors, the Flyer VTOL sounds like a lawnmower if you’re 50 feet away. At 250 feet away, it reaches the same noise level as a loud conversation. Its vertical take-off and landing abilities are powered by 10 independent lift fans.

Pricing for the vehicle has not been released yet. We assume it will cost substantially more than those pathetic cars that can only drive on land. Losers!

Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a California-based writer who is fascinated by the way technology changes our lives.