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New flying vehicle backed by Google co-founder is ready for takeoff

09 June 2018, 11:01 | Melvin Schneider

Larry Page-funded Kitty Hawk shows off single-seat flying machine

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Kitty Hawk, funded by Page, unveiled a "Flyer" model that it has described as "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight".

Created as an FAA CFR Part 103 Ultralight the Kitty Hawk Corporation does not require a licence for the pilot or registration for the aircraft.

Test drives are underway for the Kitty Hawk Flyer, which is being called a "flying auto".

Google co-founder Larry Page's flying auto company, Kitty Hawk, has revealed one of its upcoming flying vehicle aircrafts - the Flyer.

The company was created past year in Google´s home town of Mountain View, California, and has been testing a prototype in New Zealand.

The electric aircraft is capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

"Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future", a Kitty Hawk spokesman told AFP.

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No price as yet but they do have a Founder Flyers group that you can apply online to join.

Kitty Hawk-named after the North Carolina town where the Wright brothers made their famous flights-previously unveiled a prototype of the Flyer early a year ago.

At a distance of 15m (50ft) away, the "car" is said to be as loud as the average lawnmower.

The uncovered cockpit appears to be big enough for one person.

This latest model by Kitty Hawk has been designed, built, and tested by a team led by 2013 Sikorsky prize victor and Guinness world record holder Todd Reichert.

Kitty Hawk published a 37-second video unveiling the updated Flyer and allowed the CNN reporter Rachel Crane to become the first journalist to pilot the vehicle.

The new flying machine is one of several concept vehicles being testing, with Uber and others in the mix.



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