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Larry Page-funded Kitty Hawk shows off single-seat flying machine

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This undated handout image released yesterday by Kitty Hawk shows the Flyer.

Initially focused on personal recreation, the small aircraft has a wingspan of 13 feet and takes off vertically (VTOL) via 10 independent lift fans.

Google co-founder Larry Page is showcasing his flying auto company's latest model, the Flyer.

The company was created past year in Google´s home town of Mountain View, California, and has been testing a prototype in New Zealand.

"Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future", a Kitty Hawk spokesman told AFP.

An early version of Flyer was shown off a year ago.

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At a distance of 50ft the Flyer will sound like a lawnmower and a loud conversation at 250ft.

Because of the way in which is built and because it will be used only over water, the Flyer falls under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulations for ultralight aircraft, which means no pilot's license is needed to be able to fly it.

The uncovered cockpit appeared big enough for one person, with their head poking out as it might from a go-kart. However, the company states that the Flyer is only to be used over water and uncongested areas, so don't imagine you'll be using one to skip the traffic in your daily commute just yet.

Several other flying vehicle models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report.

Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998, starting out in a Silicon Valley garage and transforming into one of the world´s largest companies.

According to CNN, Kitty Hawk tried out various methods for controlling the craft, including a steering wheel, video game controllers, and boat throttles but found that a joystick was the most comfortable to use.

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