Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. Sebastian is the CEO of Kitty Hawk, whose mission is to free people from traffic. He is also the founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education.
Sebastian was the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. He spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Director of Engineering
Todd Reichert is a tackler of "impossible" problems, including breaking previously-set engineering and physical boundaries. He is Director of Engineering at Kitty Hawk, where he is helping to make the dream of personal flight a reality. In April 2017, Kitty Hawk introduced the Kitty Hawk Flyer prototype, a new, electric personal aircraft that is fun, easy to fly and doesn't require a pilot's license.
Prior to joining Kitty Hawk, Todd was Co-Founder of Aerovelo. In 2013 he and the Aerovelo team won the Sikorsky Prize for building the human-powered helicopter "Atlas." Todd earned the title of "World's Fastest Human" by reaching a speed of 89.59 MPH in the Eta speed bike, which he also helped design and build at Aerovelo. Earlier, Todd was the pilot and a co-lead engineer of "Snowbird," the world's first human-powered ornithopter. Todd earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto.
VP of Strategic and Commercial Development
Dave Clark has spent his career developing the future of transportation. He is VP of Strategic and Commercial Development at Kitty Hawk where he hopes to free people from traffic.
Prior to joining Kitty Hawk, Dave spent a decade building Sir Richard Branson’s commercial space business Virgin Galactic. In 2014, he became Senior Advisor to the CEO of Uber for international expansion and ran External Affairs and Investor Relations. Dave continues to advise multiple growth companies and moonshots including Expa Labs and Virgin Hyperloop One.
Is Flyer real?
Very much so. Flyer is Kitty Hawk’s first personal flying vehicle and the first step to make flying part of everyday life.
Is it easy to use?
Flyer is designed to be easy to fly and flown for recreational purposes over water and uncongested areas. In just a couple of hours, you will experience the freedom and exhilaration of flight.
How high can it go?
Flyer maintains an altitude of 3 meters/10 feet for our first riders’ flights.
How fast can it go?
We have adjusted the flight control system to limit the speed to 20 mph for our first riders' flights.
Will I be able to get on Flyer?
Making Flyer accessible helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future. Partner with us here to help bring Flyer to your community and follow us here to learn how you can fly Flyer.
Is it available for purchase?
Not at the moment. The opportunity to join the limited Founders Series pre-order is closed. We are now focused on making personal flight accessible and affordable. If you would like to help us bring Flyers to your community, let us know here. We look forward to sharing our progress in the coming months: for updates, please follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
Is it going to be loud?
Flyer creates thrust through all-electric motors that are significantly quieter than any fossil fuel based equivalent. When Flyer is in the air, depending on your distance, it will sound like a lawnmower (50ft) or a loud conversation (250ft).
How is it going to be regulated?
In the US, Flyer operates under FAA CFR Part 103 - Ultralight. FAA does not require aircraft registration or pilot certification though flight training is highly encouraged. Ultralights may only be flown over uncongested areas.
How much is it?
We have not yet disclosed Flyer’s sale price. Our mission is to give more people the freedom of flight so we will work with partners to make fleets of Flyer available to fly in recreational environments around the world.
Flyer Fact Sheet
Company Name: Kitty Hawk Corporation
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Kitty Hawk CEO: Sebastian Thrun
Product Name: Flyer
Type of Machine: Personal aircraft
Capacity: Designed for one participant
Height Limit: Operates between 3-10 ft off the surface of water
Wingspan: 8’ x 13’
Vertical take-off and landing: Powered by 10 independent lift fans
Battery Life: Battery life will depend on participant weight, environmental factors, and forward speed.
Flight time: 12-20 minutes (at 20 mph)
Regulation: Part 103 Ultralight
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