Sort of like an even lighter version of the Maverick flying car. There was also some French micro car that was modified with a pusher propeller and basically a giant hang glider wing on top, which may be useable across a slightly broader range of road and flight conditions.I came up with an idea to solve this problem years ago and posted it on this forum. My Nobel Prize has not yet been delivered
Nahh....BIG round labels aroiund filler neck clearly stating Jet &/or Diesel as the case may be. Come to think of it: I can not remember the last time I ever let anyone else fuel my cars, trucks, boats or airplanes.Lol I think it was a 1981 Chevy Chevette I had that got 50 miles per gallon. One of the cheapest cars I think I’ve ever owned. And probably among the most reliable the only thing that kept it from having a perfect reliability record was when fueling well-meaning people and pump jockeys that would take the diesel pump hose out and replace it with a gasoline hose.
I suspect it would be even worse in an aircraft application!
The Pal-V does the drivable Gyro concept pretty good, but I've got some serious inspiration from VB's concept.
The "hike and fly" paraglider guys sometimes carry a bike with them. The weight of the bike is less than some guys carry for ballast. ( yep, just like a sailplane, mass for more speed )
As a fairly experienced mountain biker, but with Ti/plastic knees now and a too long layoff, I can tell you the original Idea would work.
But for Me, I would need to take the weight off the pilot/rider. I'm working on the balance and "tender seat", but it's a bit slow. ( my bad )
The balance issue of landing and takeoff requires a fairly high skill level, on a regular bicycle. 15 years ago, I'd try it, but I'm not so steady today. In the interests of preserving testicular safety, Might I suggest a Tricycle?
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Or you can use an "Adult trike" with the single wheel up front. Which might be better for TO/Landing.
About $1300 added gets you a decent, not premium, electric drive unit. ( wholesale ) Adds a bunch a ton of weight though. File that under "extras" not needed to prove the design.
It's easier to strap yourself to a recumbent than a regular bike. While a custom frame would be lighter than a bracket system to hold the paramotor cage, it's not hard to figure out the proper positioning for brackets to hold everything in the proper relationship, and the suspension arms used on a foot launch PPG are much simpler for a trike chassis, since you don't have to get everything so compacted front to rear for proper balance. All the trike chassis geometry stuff applies nicely. And the same techniques for setup apply. Hang from the suspension carabiners and move stuff ( including the hang point ) around until it hangs nose up, but not too much.
One question is steering. If 2 wheels works for you, then...
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You can install foot pegs, ( folding or removeable ) on the front axle, steer like a "regular Weight shift trike" and fold/stow the handlebars, until after landing and packing up the wing.
I have to do some math.... ( bank account )
Lol won’t work!Three times we put bigger labels on it ! We never once had anybody else fuel them but when we turned our back particularly on the Chevette even for one second helpful people would change the hose! lolNahh....BIG round labels aroiund filler neck clearly stating Jet &/or Diesel as the case may be. Come to think of it: I can not remember the last time I ever let anyone else fuel my cars, trucks, boats or airplanes.
1,800 will do it for me! Pops only needs 350 though
I came up with an idea to solve this problem years ago and posted it on this forum. My Nobel Prize has not yet been delivered, nor has my cover story in Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, or Time magazine. Ingrates...
Take a decent, more durable model of road bike. Weld (or bond) four or six attach tabs onto the frame. Modify a paramotor harness to include straps attaching the bike frame as well as the pilot. Rig up some sort of a basket or a rack to hold the folded canopy.
Starting in front of your house, you get on the bike with the power unit on your back, but the canopy folded in the basket. You ride your powered road bike to an open space or even the local airstrip.
Unfold the canopy, hook up the risers, get back on the bike, and take off as a paramotor with the pilot still sitting on the bike seat. Fly around at 30-40 mph as a paramotor, over to the next town. Chances are you will do so at a fairly respectable miles per gallon number.
Look down at the tragic, unwashed, pitiful souls honking their horns on a gridlocked freeway.
Land at your destination (on the bike wheels, no twisted ankles or knees blown out), fold up the canopy into the basket, and have the power unit on your back push your bike down the road in to town. When you get to your job, roll the bike and the power unit into the parking garage and run a cable bike lock through everything and walk in to your office.
No it's not an Escalade or a Ferrari, and no it's not a folding switchblade sleek Jetsons machine. But everything described above is COTS stuff you can buy now. No miracle batteries, no renderware, no venture capital. the FAA sees, accepts, and somewhat understands powered parachutes, far more than they accept or understand eVTOL. So you have a far far better chance of being able to test and demonstrate this compared to a solar/fracking/cosmic ray powered multi-copter.
Hate to veer off into the political, but my understanding is that the emergencies anticipated involved domestic insurrection. The gov wanted to be able to land military aircraft anywhere in the country to suppress revolt.Wasn’t that one of the goals of the Eisenhower Interstate System? To have straightaways strategically placed for military aircraft emergencies?
See Interstate Highway System - The Myths - 50th Anniversary - Interstate System - Highway History - Federal Highway AdministrationHate to veer off into the political, but my understanding is that the emergencies anticipated involved domestic insurrection. The gov wanted to be able to land military aircraft anywhere in the country to suppress revolt.
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