Kitty Hawk

  • Kitty Hawk Heaviside in flight, USA, 2019.

    Kitty Hawk Reveals Heaviside

    On Oct. 3, Mountain View, California-based Kitty Hawk revealed it has been secretly working for two years on a single-seat, high-performance eVTOL called Heaviside (named for the English self-taught electrical engineer, mathematician and physicist, Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925).

    Kitty Hawk describes the aircraft as 100 times quieter than a helicopter — 38 dB at 1,500 ft (460 m) overhead (on wing borne flight) — faster than a helicopter and weighs...

  • Four Coras on tarmac.

    Kitty Hawk Announcements

    On June 25, The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility (UAM). The strategic partnership will bring together the innovation of Kitty Hawk’s Cora division with Boeing’s scale and aerospace expertise. Cora is a two-seat, lift-plus-cruise eVTOL that is currently being tested unmanned in New Zealand. In addition, the company tweeted on Aug. 15 that...

  • Cora First Flight

    Air New Zealand Partners with Zephyr Airworks

    Air New Zealand and Zephyr Airworks announced on Oct. 16 that they had signed an agreement to work collaboratively on bringing the world's first autonomous electric air taxi service to market in New Zealand. Zephyr Airworks is the operating company in New Zealand for Kitty Hawk’s Cora eVTOL.

    The agreement between the national carrier and the operator of Cora, the world's first autonomous electric air taxi, signals the intention to form a long-term...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

    Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, July/August 2018

    Kitty Hawk is taking electric vertical flight to the consumer market. If the Flyer lives up to its promises, hundreds — if not thousands — will be flying every day.

    The recent explosion of electric vertical takeoff and...

  • Kitty Hawk at Lake Las Vegas

    Kitty Hawk Flyer

    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA

    The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle sponsored by Google founder Larry Page.

    The Flyer was colorfully described by The Verge as a “bobsled mounted on a couple of pontoons surrounded by a bunch of drone rotors” It uses ten electric motors for vertical propellers (three on each pontoon and four on struts). It weighs...

  • Meet Cora

    Meet Cora

    By Mike Hirschberg

    Vertiflite May/June 2018

    On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, the Mountain View, California-based company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page finally went...

  • Kitty Hawk Cora (yellow in NZ)

    Wisk (Kitty Hawk) Cora

    CoraWisk (formerly Kitty Hawk Corp.)Mountain View, California,

    On Dec. 2, 2019, it was announced that The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation established a joint venture forming the new company called Wisk. As of January 2020, Wisk has 300 employees and is currently hiring.

    Wisk is...

  • Original Zee Aero Concept Now Public

    Original Zee Now Public

    In a CNN episode airing on Dec. 24, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk/Zee Aero. Thrun unveiled the first public flight footage of the original eVTOL concept built and flown by Zee Aero in 2013. The video showed a subscale model (shown) perform a vertical takeoff, a transition to 60 mph (100 km/h) and a vertical landing. This concept was replaced by a more advanced version that has...

  • From Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk (sidebar)

    Aerovelo Wins World Records: From Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017

    Sidebar to Back to Kitty Hawk: Exploring the Secrets of the Kitty Hawk Flyer

    The Kitty Hawk engineering team is led by Dr. Todd Reichert (aerodynamics) and Cameron Robertson...