Ohio-based Workhorse Group Inc., which focuses on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow the company to conduct test flights of its SureFly™ electric hybrid helicopter.
The company announced on December 27, 2017, it is spinning SureFly off as its own business. SureFly, Inc. will take over Workhorse's aerial technology, but Workhorse will still retain the assets to its HorseFly delivery drone. The new business is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Workhorse.
The first test flight for the helicopter is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. local time in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018, prior to the start of the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show
SureFly, the world's first electric hybrid helicopter, features a drone-like octocopter design, a two-person, 400-pound payload capacity and a range of approximately 70 miles. SureFly was first unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June 2017, and will be on display at the Workhorse CES exhibit, located on the Central Plaza at Booth #31, near the main entrance of the show.