The personal helicopter from SureFly has made its first maiden flight recently. Workhorse Group, An Ohio-based company, captured the attention of many aircraft fans when they announced their first personal hybrid aircraft. It is powered by eight individual propellers. The hybrid system includes a gas combustion engine and a battery pack. SureFly has a maximum weight of 400 lbs. In case of an emergency, it can come with a lithium battery pack to drive the motors.
The helicopter’s first flight was scheduled for CES 2018. But the goal was not achieved then. It was completed after a few months and the results are really impressive. Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group said, “When it flies, it’s exhilarating.” He added, “It’s designed to be less expensive, safer, and easier to fly than a helicopter. The reason that everyone doesn’t currently have a helicopter in their garage is because of those three issues. We think that if you can have something moderately priced, easy enough that anyone can fly, and that people will feel safe in, there are tons of applications. It could be a farmer checking on his cattle; it could be an emergency responder able to get to the scene of an accident faster than a road ambulance; it could be military, an air taxi, or just someone wanting to avoid traffic in the city. There are a lot of uses for a short-hop electric flying machine.