Cora is an experimental airworthiness certificate holding flying taxi that is being developed in New Zealand. Google's Larry Page is backing the project, which evolved from Zee.Aero. Cora operates as an eVTOL flying taxi with deployable rotors for vertical takeoff and landing and a single pusher propeller for sustained forward flight.
Stage of Development
Company Name: Kitty Hawk Corporation is a California-based company.
Zephyr Airworks is the operator of Kitty Hawk in New Zealand.
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Kitty Hawk CEO: Sebastian Thrun
Zephyr Airworks CEO: Fred Reid
Product Name: Cora (prototype)
Type of Machine: Air taxi
Capacity: Designed for two passengers.
Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 3000 ft above the ground.
Wingspan: 36 feet/about 11 meters
Vertical take-off and landing: Cora is powered by 12 independent lift fans, which enable her to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Therefore, Cora has no need for a runway.
Fixed wing flight: On a single propeller.
Range: Initially about 62 miles / about 100 kilometres.
Speed: About 110 miles per hour / about 180 kilometres per hour.
Regulation: Cora has an experimental airworthiness certificate from both the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We are working with the CAA on further certification goals to bring an air taxi service to the commercial market.
Funding: $6.5M (unconfirmed), with backing from Google co-founder Larry Page
Our Take on Cora
Cora is poised for great success in the flying taxi industry - the biggest hurdle to overcome for the company at this point is regulatory. Cora made its first flight on March 13th, 2018, and sparked a large amount of media attention. The path forward will be a pioneering one for the Mountain View, CA based company, as no other manufacturer has attempted certification with the New Zealand CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) that is known to date. If the company can successfully navigate this certification process and argue for equivalency under the United State's Federal Aviation Administration, KittyHawk has the potential to be one of the leading manufacturers of flying taxis to both private and commercial users. Additionally, the first flight of the KittyHawk Flyer drew even more attention to KittyHawk, as the Flyer requires no pilot.
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