Canadian Engineers At The Forefront of Developing New Electric-Powered Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft in the Silicon Valley
21:10 - November 16, 2017 - Quebec, Canada, Sylvain Faust
Did you know that Canadian engineers are at the forefront of developing new electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the Silicon Valley?
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an eVTOL ultralight aircraft being funded by Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, and almost seems to be the flying equivalent of a Bombardier Sea-Doo or Ski-Doo recreational vehicle.
Canadians Dr. Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson lead the Kitty Hawk design team. They are both graduates of the the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and co-founded Aerovelo which developed the Snowbird human-powered ornothopter, the Atlas human powered helicopter and the Eta speed bike which achieved a record setting speed of 144 km in 2016.
In 2011, Reichert and Robertson received the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Trans-Canada Mckee Trophy - Canada's highest aviation award for work on the Snowbird, in 2013 they won the US $250,000 AHS International Sikorsky prize for the Atlas and in 2015 they received the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence from Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame!