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.
Alex Roetter is an engineer, leader, and aviator, and loves bringing new products and services into the hands of real people. At Kitty Hawk, Alex is the President of Flyer, where he is responsible for all aspects of developing the world’s first real transportation solution based on the Flyer electric VTOL aircraft.
Prior to joining Kitty Hawk, Alex was the SVP of Engineering at Twitter, where he founded the revenue engineering team and grew sales from near zero to over $2B a year. Before that, he worked at a small wind power startup and spent a number of years at Google in a variety of engineering roles. Alex holds an MS and BS from Stanford University in Computer Science, and FAA Commercial pilot’s license.
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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