Workhorse shcedules public demo flight of SureFly at EAA AirVenture

Surefly’s Workhorse VTOL will be taking a public demo flight at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 24 July.

Whilst SureFly has set itself apart from in the VTOL space by opting for hybrid-electric propulsion as opposed to full-electric, the demo will be an all-electric flight lasting from 3:03 to 3:08 pm Central Time.

This news follows the announcement that PAL-V’s flying car model ‘liberty’ will be holding its first public demo flight at this month’s (July 2018) Farnborough air show.

Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group said: "We are thrilled to fly this year at EAA AirVenture after introducing SureFly for the first time at last year's event. As we work with the FAA through the Type Certification process, we appreciate the opportunity to publicly demonstrate our exciting progress at the World's Greatest Air Celebration."

The SureFly started the FAA Type Certification process last month, marking the first new-wave VTOL aircraft to start FAA certification. This was shortly after SureFly took its first untethered flight back in May.

SureFly is designed to carry approximately 400 pounds around 70 miles at a speed of 70mph. The aircraft will be using a fly-by-wire system as well as standard manned flight. The aircraft is targeting the private market as opposed to air-taxi services and will retail for approximately $200,000.

The EAA AirVenture air show looks to bring in around 500,000 attendees this year and draw in 10,000 separate aircraft at the show.

Public flight tests

At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne in June, several of the biggest VTOL manufacturers came to the consensus that public opinion is one of the biggest barriers in the way of the emerging VTOL market.

As the members of the public are sceptical about these new forms of aircraft, public flight demonstrations help demonstrate the safety of the vehicle type. Derrick Xiong, co-founder of drone and VTOL manufacturer Ehang said that it looks to convince the general public and potential buyers of the reliability and safety of VTOLs by conducting flight demonstrations in 2018.

It seems that a number of other VTOL manufactures agree and have beaten Ehang to the draw, with PAL-V and now SureFly looking to demo their aircraft at public aviation events this month.