SureFly Octocoptor: A Hybrid-Electric eVTOL ‘Personal Helicopter’ that looks like a drone

Visitors look at Workhorse Group Inc. ‘s SureFly Helicopter Concept displayed at the Le Bourget Airport at the 52nd International Paris Air Show on June 23, 2017, in Paris, France. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images)


“If you can fly a drone, you can fly this,”Workhorse CEO Steve Burns said.

“Even if you can’t fly a drone, you can probably still fly this.”

Burns during his demonstration of Surefly’s cockpit and spacious design, further added:

Artificial Intelligence guides takeoff and landing, displayed on a large tablet. A joystick allows a flyer to steer. And an up and down switch makes the octocopter airborne, or guides it back to earth.

“A five-foot hover might not seem like a big deal, but what it does is to answer the question: Will it fly, yes or no?” CEO Steve Burns told Digital Trends.

“People want to have something in their garage to take out and fly,”

SureFly CEO Steve Burns on safety:

“We’re trying to make it safer than driving your car to the same destination.”

A tablet, joystick, and up and down buttons are all flyers need to man the octocopter.

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“A helicopter requires both feet, both arms, a lot of 3D thinking,” Burns explained. “Here, the computer’s flying you.”

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