In many ways, it operates a lot like a drone you can pilot from on top of it - it's powered by 10 motor propellers that are self-stabilized, and is meant to be simple and easy to control. The FAA does not require aircraft registration or pilot certification to operate the Flyer.
There is no official announcement regarding the price of the Kitty Hawk Flyer.
Kitty Hawk's other model, the Cora, is a two-seat vehicle designed as alternative transportation in cities.
Page funded the Kitty Hawk Flyer model, which he calls "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight". Due to its lightness and its small size (4,2×2,6 m), the flyer can reach speeds of about 32 km per hour. The Flyer has 10 motors and just two control sticks, which Crane said were easy to master.
Kitty Hawk raised $5 million in a funding round led by Santa Monica-based seed fund Bonfire Ventures, along with participation from Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Freestyle Capital, a company statement said.
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Its designers claim the jet ski-like vehicle is "as easy to use as playing Minecraft".
The commercial vehicle is powered by a lithium-polymer battery, which can be used for about 20 minutes before it needs recharging. The aim now is to get it in the hands of customers; people can express interest via the company's website. The company has not disclosed an actual maximum speed or ceiling, nor a process for qualifying pilots to fly the aircraft above solid ground at potentially unsafe heights.
Till now, the Flyer has completed about 1,500 flights. "We strive to give people the freedom of flight, so we will work with partners to make entire fleets of such vehicles in places around the world", - say the creators.
The Flyer's chief engineer wants to equip the vehicle with a parachute so that people can safely fly it higher.