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Kitty Hawk Flyer
The Kitty Hawk Flyer flying car startup Google's Larry Page is backing was first publicly demonstrated in April 2017. An aerospace engineer working for Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted the Flyer above a lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco. It is an open-seated, 220-pound Fler with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat.
The Flyer one-seat, propeller-driven vehicle is meant for a short flight across lake when you're at the cottage, not commuting to work. During his test flight, Cameron Robertson, the aerospace engineer, used two joystick-like controls to swing the vehicle back and forth above Clear Lake. The flight, 15 feet above the water, circled over the lake about 20 or 30 yards from shore, and after about five minutes Mr. Robertson steered back to a floating landing pad at the end of a dock. The flyer is controlled by two handlebars and what looks like a giant touchscreen. It travels at up to 25 miles per hour at a max of 15 feet above water.
The vehicle is designed to fly above fresh water with two pontoons at its bottom. The prototype Kitty Hawk is showing off “looks and feels a lot like a flying motorcycle,” according to Cimeron Morrissey, who tested it.
They are flying under a special Federal Aviation Administration category for ultralight aircraft that does not require a pilot’s license and is intended for recreational flying in uncongested areas. To add an extra margin of safety, the Kitty Hawk engineers are sticking to flying over open water.
The company said the final commercial product would look different and be far quieter than the test model. Kitty Hawk expected to start selling the Flyer by the end of 2017.

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