Workhorse are preparing for the first test flight of their SureFly - the world’s first electric hybrid helicopter - ahead of the start of the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
American technology company Workhorse Group Inc. have always maintained a focus on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric alternatives to the commercial transport sector – and yesterday, they announced their latest success. Workhorse revealed that they has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing the company to move forwards with test flights of their SureFly electric helicopter.
Unlike traditional helicopters, SureFly features a drone-like octocopter design; able to seat two people, it has a range of approximately 70 miles and is powered by a hybrid system that combines petrol with electric power. In addition, the SureFly is piloted by a joystick in a similar fashion to flying a drone – future models of the aircraft may not even have to be piloted internally, with Workhorse maintaining that eventually, they will be capable of independent flight.
First unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June 2017, the next big step for SureFly is the first test flight. Thanks to Workforce’s new certificate, the first test flight may be sooner than first thought: it is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on January 8th, 2018, at midday – ahead of the star of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the same day. After landing, the SureFly will stay on display for the duration for CES at the Workhorse exhibit, on the Central Plaza near the main entrance of the show (Booth #31).