Flying Cars Find a Home in Las Vegas

by | Jun 11, 2018 | NEWS

Silicon Valley start-up Kitty Hawk – an aero-tech company funded by Google co-founder Larry Page – has built a testing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada for their new flying car, aptly named the Flyer.

According to Kitty Hawk’s newly published website, the “Flyer is designed to be easy to fly and flown for recreational purposes over water and uncongested areas.”

Currently, the flyer is limited to speeds of up to 20 mph and a height of ten feet, but according to a report by CNN, CEO Sebastian Thrun is hopeful that someday the Flyers will reach speeds of 100 mph and change the way people get around.

For now, however, the company is focused on safety and is looking next at building parachutes into the vehicles.

The Flyer is classified as an ultra-lightweight and so is able to be flown without a pilot’s license and falls under FAA CFR Part 103 regulations which means it cannot be flown at night or over people.

The Flyer is battery powered and has fully vertical take-off and landing powered by ten independent lift fans.

CNN released photos and images of their correspondent, Rachel Crane, in the pilot’s seat of one of Kitty Hawk’s Flyers during an “exclusive first-look.”

The network reported that the flight took place over Lake Las Vegas where Kitty Hawk has set up a testing facility for the vehicle, complete with a mission control building.

The company is offering test flights – by invitation only – for select individuals and for those interested in purchasing the Flyers.

The vehicles are now available for preorder, but the company has yet to release a sales price.

The Flyers are currently only flying over the water and only with the support of Kitty Hawk’s mission control.