Google co-founder Larry Page has revealed that he financially backed a “flying car” project by startup Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk finally unveiled the “flying car,” which is a propeller-driven personal ultralight aircraft called the Kitty Hawk Flyer.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an all-electric aircraft that was designed to operate above the water. A true single-seat ultralight aircraft does not require a pilot’s license to fly. Therefore, there is no need for a license to operate the Kitty Hawk Flyer as the FAA considers it to be an ultralight aircraft. It is only legal to fly in un-congested areas and over open water.
Kitty Hawk says that the Flyer takes just minutes to learn to fly. It sits on top of two large pontoons, similar to the ones used by water-landing helicopters. There are two rotors on all four sides of the aircraft. The pilot uses a simple joystick to control the Kitty Hawk Flyer. It can reach heights of up to 15 feet and speeds of 40 km/h. The Flyer takes off and lands vertically right on the water. It is compact enough to fit in just about any garage.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available at the end of 2017. Right now, the company is selling a Flyer Discovery Membership, which provides behind-the-scenes access and information about the Kitty Hawk Flyer. Those that purchase the membership will also be among the first individuals to buy the Kitty Hawk Flyer when it is finally ready at the end of the year.