Kitty Hawk Corporation

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Kitty Hawk Corporation
Headquarters2700 Broderick Way, ,
Key people
Sebastian Thrun
(President and CEO) Edit this on Wikidata

The Kitty Hawk Corporation is an American aircraft manufacturer producing electric aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Flyer[edit]

The Flyer is a prototype personal aircraft, kept aloft by eight battery-powered propellers.[1][2] The company behind the vehicle's development is led by CEO Sebastian Thrun, and has support from Google's co-founder Larry Page.[3] The engineering effort is led by Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, previously known for their Sikorsky prize-winning AeroVelo human-powered helicopter work. The vehicle was widely publicized, and is still under active development.[4]

The production Flyer was revealed on June 6, 2018: it does not need a pilot license as it is built under US FAR Part 103 ultralight regulations.[5]


Data from Vertiflite[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 13 ft (4.0 m)
  • Empty weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 450 lb (204 kg)
  • Powerplant: 10 × DC electric motor with fixed-pitch composite rotors
  • Main rotor diameter: 10× 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m)
  • Main rotor area: 120.5 sq ft (11.19 m2)


  • Maximum speed: 26 kn; 48 km/h (30 mph)
  • Range: 5 nmi; 10 km (6 mi)
  • Endurance: 20 mn
  • Service ceiling: 20 ft (6.1 m)

Kitty Hawk Cora[edit]

In March 2018, Kitty Hawk Corporation confirmed it had also been testing an air taxi prototype in New Zealand called Cora and code-named "Zee.Aero". Zee.Aero was also the name of Page's startup, which tested Cora in Hollister Airport in California. The New Zealand operations had been performed by a company called "Zephyr Airworks".[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Markoff, John (April 24, 2017). "No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car". Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Vijayan, Jaikumar (April 25, 2017). "Google Co-Founder Larry Page's Kitty Hawk Venture Demos Flying Car". eWeek. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Fiegerman, Seth (April 24, 2017). "Google cofounder's 'flying car' makes its debut". CNNMoney. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Graham, Jefferson (December 22, 2017). "The top tech innovations of 2017". Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Kenneth I. Swartz (12 Jul 2018). "Kitty Hawk Enters Service". Vertiflite.
  6. ^ "Larry Page's Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode".
  7. ^ "Rare photo taken of what appears to be Google co-founder Larry Page's 'flying car'". The Mercury News. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. ^ Stoepfel, Bryce (14 March 2018). "Driverless 'air taxi' being tested in Hollister -". Hollister Free Lance. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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