Workhorse SureFly

Quick Summary

The Workhorse SureFly VTOL is a hybrid-powered personal transport vehicle being developed in Ohio, with a target entry to market price of less than $200,000. The vehicle is developed by Workhorse, a leader in electric and hybrid vehicle solutions. The SureFly uses 8 contra-rotating propellors to generate lift, and is roughly the same size as a pickup truck.

Workhorse designs and manufacturers electric trucks and VTOLS.

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Aircraft Type: Wingless VTOL

Powerplant: Gasoline combustion engine

Range: 60 minutes of continuous flight

Top Speed: 70 mph

Propeller Configuration: 2 propellers per arm, contra rotating. Eight independent motors with each propellor

Passenger/Payload Capacity: Two seater, 400lbs payload

Autonomy Level: Pilot operated, semi-autonomous

Other Information:

Empty Weight: 1100lbs

Max Takeoff Weight: 1500lbs

Dual Lithium Battery Packs: 7.5kWh each, for emergency landing power (5 minutes) in case gasoline generator fails

Ceiling: 4000 feet

Funding: Acquired by Navistar, which has $256M funding and 2 other acquisitions according to Crunchbase

Dimensions: Undisclosed

From Workhorse:

  • Piloted Vehicle designed to carry pilot and passenger or pilot and cargo
  • Fixed Prop Pitch and no transitional parts (No wings, tail, tilt rotor or tilt wings) for simplicity and safety
  • Full computer and electrical system redundancy
  • Ballistic Parachute
  • Fuselage and props are carbon fiber for durability and light weight
  • Gasoline Piston Engine drives dual generators to provide power to prop motors

Our Take on SureFly

Workhorse's SureFly VTOL conducted its first flight in May of 2018 and was moving forward with the FAA Type Certification Process until acquired by Moog (a Torrance, CA based aerospace controls manufacturer) in late 2019. While the company had not yet officially applied for a Type Certificate for the SureFly, it did operate the aircraft under an Experimental Type Certificate from the FAA. Although the project showed a fair amount of potential, not much information has been released regarding the future of the SureFly since it was acquired by Moog. Workhorse also makes electric pick up trucks, as well as last-mile drone delivery system, which it has also sold in part to Moog. According to Moog, the acquisition of these technologies will allow it to "more rapidly develop innovative system solutions to better support both existing and new customers in the aerospace market."