Hey, cyclists: why are you still bicycling on asphalt like chumps when there's this (totally safe-looking, not at all super-dangerous) flying bicycle?
Just kidding! You're not allowed to pilot this just yet, actually. The helicopter-bike is a prototype developed by a team of three Czech companies, which just took it for a five-minute test flight inside a Prague exhibition hall. That's actually a lightweight dummy in the driver's seat, since those massive propellers make this thing weigh over 200 pounds, meaning it's not yet flyable with the weight of a human on board.
But please, please make this for humans soon, somebody. Going to make for an interesting Tour de France.
If it's a dummy...why does it have a helmet on? ;-)
Setting a good example, mgrimler.
Multi-copters have the potential to solve the PFV challenge, once the power source issue can be overcome (and that's not really far off, if hybrid electric/liquid-fuelled powerplants are leveraged.
also (not a multi-copter exactly, but...)
(BTW, PFV is "Personal Flying Vehicle", FYI) ... lol :-)
I don't really see the bicycle part of this vehicle being incredibly useful. Simply a helicopter variant with a bike attached. This would be quite an unwieldy bike to handle considering the mass on it.
if my bike could do this i would unscrew the wheels ^^
the design is rather appealing too (again, without the wheels)
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You better hope there's never a prop failure. You'd get cut in half.
it will rather be interesting to see a race of flying bicycles
mgrimler: You have to keep the safety nazis happy,that's why it's got a helmet on! I predict helmets for joggers and walkers next.Come to think of it,how about a shower helmet? Oh wait,how do you shampoo?
I'm all for innovation & personal air-transport and such but this must be a hoax. I am not an aeronautical engineer but the craft does not feel right. The blades are all of wrong size and "heft"; the "bike" and rider may be styrofoam or similar. The engines sounds like what one would put on a big drone -- or cannibalized from a garden trimmer. The engine does not have the "oooopf" or the guttural, heavy thrumming I'd hear from an engine trying to lift several hundred lbs against gravity. And no ducted fans for main thrusters, really ?!? I'd come to the conclusion that one must do so as I'm using the the Hiller VZ-1 "airjeep" or flying platform as reference and the Mythbusters failed experiment during their "Jetpack" episode. But at least i'm glad that the dream concept lives on ..onward and upwards!
Take the cages off it and use it for riot control.
Mzungo: I like the idea of the d-dalus,but it is perpetually under development,much like Rossi's E-cat : http://www.ecathome.eu/
Less sizzie,more steak required!