For the first time, the Workhorse SureFly octocopter was presented at the Paris Air Show in June last year, albeit exclusively in the "ground" version. Just the other day, it will make its first test flight after receiving the certificate of airworthiness of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And next week, January 8, he will take part in the annual CES in Las Vegas.
Workhorse is expected to transport CES visitors free of charge during the show. The octocopter is equipped with four working propellers on spaced apart legs, rotating in opposite directions. At the first stage, SureFly will be operated by a pilot, and in the future an unmanned version will be developed.
Workhorse, unlike its competitors, air taxis Volokopter, Ehang, Autonomous Passenger Drone, flying exclusively on electric traction, is equipped with a hybrid electric motor / internal combustion engine, which provides a flight up to 112 km with a load of up to 180 kg.
Workhorse has already received an FAA airworthiness certificate, which allows it to begin test flights in Nevada. The company's management hopes that the FAA will finally give the go-ahead for octocopter flights at the end of 2019.