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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mere Words Cannot Express How Much I Want This To Happen...

The title is only one word...

Hoverbike
The Hoverbike is what happens when one really wants to be a superhero, but really needs to figure out a way to more efficiently herd cattle. Aussie Chris Malloy has created a prototype for this motorcycle-helicopter hybrid, with the functional goals of revolutionizing aerial cattle mustering, assisting search and rescue operations, and improving military/emergency services; and the aesthetic goal of creating the undisputed King of Vehicular BAMFs.
The pictures all pretty much look like this:


(from link)

The problem with something like this is that it requires a much more complex licensing scheme than we currently possess. The ability to hover - and one would assume traverse as well - at 10K feet means that it would put such a vehicle in the realm of aircraft. Reduce the hover area to ~ 25 feet and who knows how it would be classified. You'd still have to follow conventional roadways - and be careful on overpasses and such - and how do you deal with the inevitable moron running out of gas and crashing to earth in front of a semi on 95 South?

But DAMN wouldn't that be fun? Say goodbye to the hellish traffic - you don't need the HOV lane, you have the FPV lane (Flying Personal Vehicle). Would speed limits apply to a flying bike? Even if they did, getting to work would become a LOT quicker for me - a literal straight shot to the highway, then blast over everyone at the speed limit until I get to work.

Yeah, I'm in my happy place just thinking about this...

That is all.

9 comments:

Sean D Sorrentino said...

Assuming it can't go faster than 55mph and reduced the fuel tank to 5 gallons of fuel, it could be registered in the US as an ultralight aircraft. They say "150 knots Indicated Airspeed," but I think that's a power dive, not straight and level flight.

Ultralights in other countries are far bigger.

Specs - http://www.hover-bike.com/specs.html

Ultralight - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultralight_aircraft_%28United_States%29

Dave H said...

At first I thought "hoverbike" as in "hovercraft," which isn't all that practical. Hovercraft don't climb hills very well, and openings in the ground surface (bridge expansion joints, fer example) tend to take the wind out of their skirts. But this is a a helicopter, so all is forgiven.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Now THAT would be a good vehicle to evade zombies with.

Ted said...

A number of small drones can achieve a stable hover and compensate for external forces which act to ustable the vehicle. And yet his promotional picture shows all 4 corners anchored and under stress.

call me when there's video that looks like the Star Wars chase thru the forest.

jetfxr69 said...

He's a good guy. I offered some engineering analysis once, and we had a good email exchange.

I can't wait to buy one...

Stretch said...

Needs lasers.

Jennifer said...

Where we're going, we don't need roads.
I wouldn't have to play pothole slalom!

The Neon Madman said...

Oh HELL yeah!

It might not be a flying car, but certainly close enough for me.

Geodkyt said...

Ted --

When doing flight tests of a manned hovering vehicle, you ALWAYS start with tethered tests. Even drones are tested while either tethered or enclosed, "just in case".

A lot of teh NASA, USAF, and US Army test footage of various hovering vehicles is hillarious, once you understand no one got hurt in the Looney Tunes-like Departures From Controlled Flight.