“We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world’s first flying motorcycle.” The Hoverbike concept is intriguing and seems sound. Two motors and counter-rotating propellers for lift. Very stable in the air. The inventor is producing a 1/3rd size model/drone first and then will develop the full size version..
UK-based Malloy Aeronautics is preparing to test a manned quadcopter capable of out-manouvering a helicopter and presenting a new paradigm for aerial vehicles.
A 1/3-sized scale model is already gaining popularity with drone enthusiasts around the world, with the full-sized manned model expected to take flight in the near future. Matthew Stock reports.
Mr Malloy said the idea came to mind when he was learning how to fly helicopters in 1999. He said manoeuvrability in the air was an issue, of which his Hoverbike aims to fix.
“It’s certainly a viable product,” Mr Malloy said. “It just takes time and money.”
His original intention was to get the Hoverbike free flying and “show that to the world and get potential investors to invest to take it towards the production stage, which is harder than the flying stage”.