Flying machine to go on sale this year


This fact can most aptly be seen in such innovations as 3-D-printed homes, floating cities, and, yes, flying cars.

Those imaging Page was fine tuning a futuristic flying family vehicle for the past few years will be in for a surprise with the revelation that the Kitty Hawk looks like the hybrid of a drone and a jet ski and could have the worst features of both.

The NY Times further says the open-seated vehicle weighs approximately 220 pounds and packs eight battery-powered propellers (as loud as a speedboat) to soar into the air. Only time will tell if Kitty Hawk will be able to live up to their mission of making "the dream of personal flight a reality".

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Kitty Hawk, the "flying car" company that's backed by Google founder Larry Page, just released its first video footage of their prototype in action.

Outside of those details, not much else is known about the Flyer, and Page hasn't spoken with outlets about Kitty Hawk. According to the Kitty Hawk site, the machine is "safe, tested and legal to operate in the US", as long as you fly it in "uncongested areas". According to the company, you don't need a pilot's license to fly the craft, and anyone can learn to take it to the sky "in minutes". Thr actual flyer, which will go on sale at the end of this year, will sport a different design than the prototype shown in the video. It's created to be flown over fresh water under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. US-based flying auto start-up "Kitty Hawk Corporation" has released a video of its Flyer prototype, an all-electric aircraft.

The vehicle can take off vertically (as long as you're over water), fly about 15 feet over water but, according to this CNN report, "looks less like a auto than a jet ski with wings".

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The firm goes on to say that if buyers wish to ship a Flyer to their country they should research the regulations in their country, take delivery of the vehicle in the USA and then ship it home.

Kitty Hawk, which is helmed by autonomous-driving researcher Sebastian Thrun, hasn't yet set a price for the Flyer. The price is to be announced later this year. This gives them three years of access to what is essentially a flying-car-enthusiasts club, a jump on, as well as a $2,000 discount on the retail price when the auto does become available.

Kitty Hawk has its competition.

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