Kitty Hawk ditches flying car project in favor of electric plane

Kitty Hawk announced the closure of the Flyer project and the disbandment of its 70-member team. Only a small part was allowed to stay to move on to work on a new project. It will be an all-electric vertical take-off aircraft. Working title: "Heaviside".

The world learned about the flying electric Flyer back in 2017, but the novelty was not appreciated. The single 120-kilogram device looked like an overgrown drone and did not stand out in terms of characteristics against the background of competitors. The only advantage of the Flyer was that it was easy to learn - on average, it took two hours to learn how to fly it. In total, 111 were built and 25, 000 flight hours were flown, including missions without a pilot.

Alas, Flyer did not take off as a business project, which was eventually recognized by Kitty Hawk. They failed to attract the attention of consumers, so it was decided to change the concept. The new Heaviside project will be able to replace a light helicopter, but at the same time it will be many times quieter. It is still single-seat and not very economical, but it does not emit emissions into the atmosphere.