Flies like a helicopter, rides like a motorcycle. That’s the selling point of the Hoverbike – the world’s first flying motorcycle. I can already hear the applause of adventure seekers and tech junkies all around the world because this might just be the coolest new invention to soon hit the market.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s about time.
If you’re like me and crave adventure after adventure, you’ve probably already realized what the Hoverbike means for the world of travel and transportation. Thanks to Malloy Aeronautics (MA), a UK based engineering company, we will soon be able to purchase the newest revolution (and trend) in aviation, formulated after years worth of research and development.
The original Hoverbike was built by Chris Malloy in his garage. What started out as a hobby, however, eventually turned into a commercial enterprise. This does not come as a surprise. The Hoverbike’s low cost and size makes it an ideal tool for precision farming, cattle mustering, first-responder emergency services and research. It is cheaper and easier to use that a helicopter and can also be flown manned or unmanned.
The newest and latest model is a quadcopter (lifted and propelled by four rotors). Its unique offset and overlapping rotor blades are designed to reduce the weight and overall size of the bike, without affecting its power. Malloy Aeronautics also offers a nearly identical drone version of the Hoverbike, which is about 1/3 the size. It was originally created as a test prototype for the full-sized bike, but can now be purchased as a ready to fly aircraft, complete with a PixHawk flight controller.
Currently, MA is in its final stages of construction of the latest Hoverbike prototype, which will be submitted to aviation certification authorities after the completion of several successful test flights. This whole process will take a lot of time, energy and money to complete, but if you love the feeling of wind rushing through your hair and have an unhealthy addiction to adventure, you can help speed it up by supporting the Hoverbike’s Kickstarter campaign.
After all, cars are quickly becoming overrated.