The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of the first aircraft from Larry Page and the company describes Kitty Hawk Flyer as an “all-electric aircraft” that is designed to operate over water as shown in the footage above.
It is an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat and as you can see it resembles more a motorcycle than a car per se, with pontoons to facilitate its water landing.
It doesn’t require a pilot’s license under current FAA regulations – though that category requires that it be used only in areas that are sparsely populated. Kitty Hawk promises people will be able to learn to fly the Flyer “in minutes.”
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of several prototypes the start-up, based in Mountain View, California, is designing. The company hopes to create an audience of enthusiasts and hobbyists, who can now pay $100 to sign up for a $2,000 discount on the retail price of a Flyer to “gain exclusive access to Kitty Hawk experiences and demonstrations where a select few will get the chance to ride the Flyer.”
Kitty Hawk says that there are no plans to ship the vehicle outside the US.
Page is invested in another mysterious light aircraft company called Zee.Aero. But he’s hardly alone in his interest. Industry giants like Airbus have proposed multiple takes on a flying car, as have dozens of startups from around the world. And, coincidentally or not, Uber is holding a conference in Texas this week about its own flying car ambitions.
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