By Euro Weekly News Media • 22 July 2011 • 10:45
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AUSTRALIAN inventor and helicopter pilot has built a flying motorbike dubbed the Hoverbike. It has the capability to soar to 10,000 feet and reaching speeds of more than 100mph.
A 45-minute ride for 92 miles could be done on one tank of fuel. Chris Malloy invested his entire life-savings into the project which took two-and-a-half-years to complete.
The 31-year-old from Sydney developed the Hoverbike from his own garage using a custom-built carbon-fibre airframe and a BMW engine. His design has already been compared to Star Wars ‘speeder bikes’ or the hovering car from Back to the Future.
The Hoverbike works along the same principle as Boeing’s twin-propeller Chinook helicopter.
“I am still ground testing at the moment only because I am not 100 per cent sure what will happen, so the straps are there to cover the unknown. I have not had the pleasure of flying around the countryside yet,” said Malloy.
“The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure.” “There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too.”
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