Nicolas Zart writes at CleanTechnica:
There is something going on at Workhorse, and its latest press release hints at what the company is trying to do. After the announcement of its newest electric vehicle (EV) van, it is now announcing that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given it a green light to fly its electric helicopter, the SureFly Electric Hybrid Helicopter.
The company will now conduct test flights to demonstrate its airworthiness. The first test flight was scheduled for 12:00 pm in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. It also coincided with the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). It was originally unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June 2017.
As it says on the Workhorse website:
The time has come. After 78 years, the helicopter has been reinvented. SureFly is a personal helicopter/VTOL aircraft designed for safe and easy flight. With eight independent motors each driving a single carbon fiber propeller, a backup battery power system, and a ballistic parachute to safely land in the event of emergency, the SureFly provides unparalleled safety for a personal aircraft.
SureFly is changing the helicopter industry. Now is the time to discover the affordable, easy-to-pilot, safe answer to personal flight.