Kitty Hawk abandons first-generation aircraft project

Kitty Hawk Corporation, a Palo Alto-based maker of private electric aircraft, recently announced that it will phase out one of its earliest projects after learning everything it needs,media reported. Flyer is one of the most ambitious aircraft projects in recent years. The craft was developed nearly five years ago, but Kitty Hawk didn’t make it public until mid-2017.

Kitty Hawk abandons first-generation aircraft project

It is reported that Kitty Hawk built a total of 111 aircraft, they were piloted by 75 pilots. The company said it had made more than 25,000 successful flights, including crew members and no crew.

In an exchange with Media TechCrunch, Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun noted that no matter how hard they try, they can’t find a viable business path for Flyer.

The team will then double its bet on Heaviside as its main platform. Heaviside is a more powerful vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that can reach speeds of up to 180 mph and have a range of about 100 miles. It is 100 times more noisy than a conventional helicopter, either manually or automatically, and can even fly over the city.

According to the company, the aircraft makes it only 15 minutes from San Jose to San Francisco.

Kitty Hawk abandons first-generation aircraft project