Bankrolled by Google founder Larry Page, the vehicle seats just one passenger and uses ten battery-powered propellers to keep you afloat.
The “Flyer” was developed and built by Kitty Hawk, a California-based tech firm backed by Page.
It flies between three and 10ft above water, travels at up to 20mph and can be piloted using a joystick.
Chief engineer Todd Reichert said the flyer could reach speeds of up to 100mph but more tests are needed. A vehicle that fast would require a built-in parachute, he added.
Kitty Hawk confirmed this week that it has now flown the Flyer more than 25,000 times as part of extensive tests at a training centre in Las Vegas.
The vehicle has reportedly been refined to a point where the average person takes just 15 minutes to learn to fly it.
Currently, Flyer can only hover over water, and it’s unclear if a version that can soar above the ground is in development.
Flyer is one of two craft the company is hoping to sell to daring punters.
The other, the “Cora”, is a two-person, autonomous taxi built with the help of Boeing. The Cora is currently being tested in New Zealand.
The Flyer is more for a bit of fun, and Kitty Hawk is looking for buyers.
It’s already taking orders for the the flying vehicle, whose price has not been disclosed.
The first models will likely go to business partners, which could include theme parks.
Kitty Hawk said the vehicle was “the first step to making flying a part of everyday life”.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer fact-sheet
Type of Machine: Personal aircraft
Height Limit: Between 3-10 ft off the surface of water
Wingspan: 8ft x 13ft
Vertical take-off and landing: Powered by 10 independent lift fans
Battery Life: Battery life will depend on participant weight, environmental factors, and forward speed
Flight time: 12-20 minutes (at 20 mph)
Regulation: Part 103 Ultralight
Last year, Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun said the Flyer could take to the skies by 2023.
“You are now at a point where we can make air-based transportation… safer, faster and also more cheaper actually, environmentally friendly, than on the ground,” he told CNBC.
Under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules, the Flyer needs to meet specific requirements to be flown without a licence.
Because it is a “powered” vehicle, it cannot weigh more than 115kg or travel faster than 63mph.
It must only be flown during daylight hours and pilots cannot take the machines near an airport unless they have prior and relevant permission.