• Flying motorcycle
When it comes to driving at 280 km / h and at an altitude of three kilometers on something resembling a motorcycle, then the first thing that comes to mind is speed flying machine from the film series "Star Wars." But thanks to one Australian enthusiast who developed and manufactured the first prototype flying motorcycle, which he called "hoverbike", such flights are becoming a reality. In addition, for flights on this machine requires no pilot's license.
Hoverbike apparatus is 3 meters long, 1.3 meters wide and 55 centimeters high. Its body is made of a reinforced plastic material such as Kevlar, so it is sufficiently durable and lightweight, unit weight is only 105 kg. The movement apparatus is a high-speed four-stroke internal combustion engine, which provides the power 80 kW and rotates two propellers that lift Hoverbike apparatus into air.
Hoverbike engine power is sufficient, which would raise the air payload weighing 165 kilograms, including the weight and the pilot fuel. The maximum speed that can develop apparatus is 280 km / h, and the cruising speed - 148 km / h. At cruising speed the machine can cover a distance of 150 km.
The prototype Hoverbike machine made by Chris Malloy (Chris Malloy), has not yet never went in flight. Everything what it came during the test, it is hovering low above the ground on special leashes, which are not allowed to take off the machine. Despite this design makes bold assumptions about the characteristics of the device.
Since this device is classified as an ultra-light, then to fly on it does not require a special permit or license, although the presence of a parachute, the pilot seems to me a very sensible idea. After all, according to the technical data of the device will be able to climb to a height of three kilometers. Although it seems to me that a maximum of pleasure and adrenaline pilot will "embroidering" on this machine at high speed over the treetops.
The device is designed with the purpose to further its production. Little Chris is going, if he gets in 1000 pre-orders to start production of such aircraft in the amount of 100 units per year. The cost of each unit Hoverbike will be about 40 thousand dollars. In such a situation, it is unlikely we can expect the emergence of crowds, get to work on these aircraft, but as expensive extreme entertainment such device - at the time.