'Exciting step' as test drives of flying car begin

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Personal flying vehicles are all the rage just now, with Kitty Hawk one such outfit working hard to build a viable aircraft to take you places.

There is a secret facility run by a company called Kitty Hawk that is putting flying vehicle models to the test.

Google co-founder Larry Page has been invested in making flying cars a reality and it nearly happened this Wednesday.

While Kitty Hawk is developing single-seat and two-seat aircraft, other companies are looking at vehicles that seat from four to six, imagining this new form of transportation as akin to a flying taxi cab.

For safety reasons, the Flyer is being tested exclusively over water at a facility in Las Vegas. But according to a report on futurism, Crane was able to get a hang of the flight controls just after a training session that lasted for less than an hour.

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"Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future", a Kitty Hawk spokesman said in a statement.

Pricing for the Flyer has yet to be revealed, and Kitty Hawk didn't disclose when it will begin deliveries.

Till now, the Flyer has completed about 1,500 flights. The fully electrical vehicle can fly between 3 to 10 feet off the water, powered by 10 independent lift fans, and can fly for up to 20 minutes or 20 miles.

Flight time is somewhere around 12 to 20 minutes, depending on pilot weight and the speed you're flying at.

Kitty Hawk said that at 15 meters (50 feet) away, it sounded about as lound as a lawn mower, while from 250 feet away the volume was on par with a loud conversation. It's available for pre-order now at an undisclosed price, and only by invitation. Since then, the Flyer has received an update, and it's now open for test flights for people interested in placing preorders.