Kitty Hawk And Their Flyer
Kitty Hawk is an American company that manufactures aircraft, particularly electric personal air vehicles. The Flyer was the first project of the company, which started in 2017. The team guaranteed to release the vehicle by the end of 2017 even though it did not happen that way. The first prototype looked like a flying motorcycle, which eventually developed into something more like a mix of drones and stunt planes. The company manufactured close to 110 flyers and did 25,000 crewed and uncrewed flights.
Future Of Kitty Hawk’s Flyer
The company took the decision to scrap the project after two years. This was because the company was finding it difficult to turn the project into a profitable venture. All its employees working under the Flyer project will walk away from the company. All of them will receive their salaries of 20 weeks, along with their annual bonuses. The company will cover even their health insurance for the year.
Upcoming Project Of Kitty Hawk
Kitty hawk has now got only one project under them, which is a project, Heaviside. The company plans to transfer very few of its employees from Flyer into this project. Heaviside is a one-seater electric plane, which is capable of vertical take-off and landing. The company claims it will be 100 times quieter than a helicopter. The company said, “Going forward, we are doubling down on Heaviside as our primary platform, but we would never have gotten here without launching and learning from Flyer, and the amazing team of people who built and operated it.”
Official Announcement By Kitty Hawk
The company announced their plans through their blog. They tried to announce it on a positive note and said, “Over the last five years, we did just this. We built and flew 111 aircraft. More than 75 people flew Flyer. We proved to ourselves that people could safely operate Flyer — and become a pilot — with less than two hours of training. On a single day, we trained 50 new novice Flyer pilots, none of whom were licensed. Overall, we conducted more than 25,000 successful flights crewed and uncrewed with our Flyer fleet — a huge number. And most importantly, those who flew Flyer thought the experience was “magical.” The feeling of being inside a human drone is hard to describe. For those of us who flew it, it has changed our perspective on the power of flying forever.”