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Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced on Jan. 3 that it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow the company to conduct test flights of its SureFly electric hybrid helicopter.
The first test flight is scheduled for 12 p.m. local time in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2018, prior to the start of the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
On Dec. 27, 2017, Workhorse announced that it intends to spin off its SureFly business into a separate publicly traded company called SureFly, Inc.
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 it will be on display at the Workhorse CES exhibit, located on the Central Plaza at Booth #31. The company is currently accepting SureFly pre-orders here.