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Larry Page shows off crazy 'flying car' Kitty HawkBacked by Google co-founder Larry Page, the Kitty Hawk Flyer travels over fresh water, and you don't need a pilot's license to fly one.
There's a new flying car zooming into view, it's called the Kitty Hawk Flyer and the company is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page. But calling it a car is a bit of a stretch, it's more like a flying boat or even a hovercraft. I guess Kitty Hawk pontoon doesn't sound as catchy. The company hasn't yet revealed safety features for the 200 pound 8 rotor craft. But one of the first test pilots wrote about her experiences in the blog post. Saying, that it took just a few hours' training on a flight simulator to learn how to fly. Controls are in the handlebars, and work like buttons and joysticks on a game controller. But, the craziest part about all of this, you don't need a pilot's license to fly one. That's because it falls under the FAA's ultralight category. Let's put that in perspective for just a second. You need a pilot's license to fly most drones, but you dont need one for one of these? If you want to get yourself some air time, you'll need to sign up as a member and that's $100 for three years. Membership gets you $2000 off the retail price, but we don't yet know how much it will cost. The flyer goes on sale at the end of 2017 and will look different to the prototype you're seeing now. Unfortunately, the flier won't be available for sale outside the US. The website says it won't geo-block purchases from other countries, but you'll need to make your own arrangements to get it home. And that doesn't mean flying it home either. It's only designed to fly over fresh water, not salt, and not fly over land. Kitty Hawk is one of several companies working on flying cars. If elevate is developing a vertical take off and landing aircraft, while Airbus has a car slash drone concept called pop up. Let's up the kiddy hawk passes safety checks with flying colors.