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Workhorse's newly approved passenger drone free to fly at CES

•, Nick Lavars

Like a number of personal flying machines currently in the works, the SureFly promises to autonomously carry folks from point A to B, though its first models will be pilot operated by way of a joystick controller. 

While other air taxis such as the VolocopterEhang and Autonomous Passenger Drone rely on electric motors, the hybrid SureFly brings petrol into the mix for a range of approximately 70 miles (112 km). It relies on a total of eight contra-rotating propellors fixed to four arms to lift a maximum of 400 lb (180 kg).

Workhorse announced today that it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate for SureFly from the Federal Aviation Administration, enabling it to kick off test flights at CES. It will be interesting to see whether these are open for public viewing and have anyone onboard. The company said these flights would be manned when it first announced them back in November, although there is no mention of that in the latest press release.

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