Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A 21st century ‘chopper’?

This blended motorcycle/helicopter was recently showcased by Wired UK (link).
Chris Malloy, the inventor and builder, is an Australian lad and he is currently looking for funding to take development from prototype through further testing and production. Pricing is expected to be in the $40K range, which makes it a pretty expensive toy, but commercially feasible where it might reduce the need for full-blown helicopters – checking transmission lines for example.
Unfortunately, even if he does get his invention into production, I expect that the various regulatory agencies and the insurance lobby will ensure it never hits the mass market. But I sure would love to get my hands on one.
For more photos and specs check out Chris’ website at  hover-bike.com.

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