Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2
The Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2 is a personal hover bike that uses protected fans to lift off and land vertically, and then transitions to forward flight through rearward diversion of the fan lifting force. The prototype competed in the GoFly competition with Boeing, but has not appeared to release any updates since videos of its flight tests surfaced in 2016.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Wingless VTOL
Range: 32 miles
Top Speed: 65 mph
Propeller Configuration: 8 lifting rotors (tilting)
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Wingspan/Dimensions: 6'7" width, 6'5" length, 3'11" height
Our Take on the FlyKart 2
Although the FlyKart2 may never go into commercial production, notable to its design are its enclosed (ducted) fans, which many consider safer than exposed propellors for urban uses. This particular design feature has given Trek Aerospace opportunities to cooperate with companies like XTI and others. A similar ducted fan design is utilized by Urban Aeronautics' CityHawk, as well as the Bell Nexus. No updates have recently been released from Trek Aerospace, but check back later for more updates.