Illustration by Jason Lee

AIRSCOOTER: Simplicity is the mantra here. It’s built to be cheap, light, reliable, and a cinch to fly. Piloting the AirScooter is intuitive, thanks to a gimbal-based transmission. The cab hangs from the rotors; to steer, the pilot merely points the handlebars in the direction he wants to go. Water placed in the ballast tank balances the engine’s weight. The yaw paddles are fixed, but slant in tandem during a turn to deflect the downdraft. The pontoons provide stability as well as safety.

Our photo team shot video of the AirScooter in flight.

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