Kitty Hawk Aero Flyer

Kitty Hawk Aero Flyer

A flying auto project has unveiled a model that can be taken for test flights by potential buyers.

Kitty Hawk, the flying auto company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has begun taking pre-orders for its newest model.

The company didn't say when the Flyer would go on sale or how much it would cost.

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

A company in Las Vegas is hoping to make the flying vehicle a product of the future.

The electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings. Landing skids enable takeoff from land but are presumably designed for floatation, as the Flyer is meant to be used above water. Don't expect the current model to do more than fly over water - its designers want to do a lot more testing and build a parachute into the vehicle first, but they believe it could reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

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Test flights by first timers take place over water, with top speeds limited at 20mph and the altitude restricted to no more than 3m (10ft).

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.

"Our immediate priority is to invite small groups of people - customers, influencers, media and community members - to experience the freedom of flight here in our newly opened training facility". The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour.

He remains chief executive of Google-parent Alphabet but the Kitty Hawk project is a personal pursuit, not part of the tech giant´s operations.

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

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