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Australian Built Hoverbike Prepares for Takeoff

Posted June 09, 2011 11:48 AM

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Adventurous motorcyclists might be familiar with the thrill of getting airborne at the top of a rise, but the Hoverbike is set to take catching some air to a whole new level. With a 1170 cc 4-stroke engine delivering 80 kW driving two ducted propellers, the inventor of the Hoverbike, Chris Malloy, says with its high thrust to weight ratio, the Hoverbike should be able to reach an estimated height of more than 10,000 feet and reach an indicated airspeed of 150 knots (278 km/h or 173 mph). At the moment these are only theoretical figures as the Hoverbike hasn't been put through its paces yet, but Malloy has constructed a prototype Hoverbike and plans to conduct real world flight tests in a couple of months.

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06/10/2011 2:08 AM

I really like this. You wait 'till Chris sees it. The steering seems to be the major issue but could be overcome. I have the feeling that I have seen this before, not on the net but maybe in the late sixties?

If I would be Chris Malloy I would keep at it. Looks like fun to me, good luck to him. Not sure about the 'couple of months' time frame though, Ky.

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06/10/2011 7:58 AM

Hey Ky,

I subscribed last night before bed.. didn't have time to comment. but you know I love it.

I agree that at first glance it seems a bit unstable.. but the description of being 10,000 feet up, and feeling like you are on a motorcycle... wow.

but I would want to have a parachute, or wing suit to wear. the glide path seems a bit step.

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06/10/2011 8:09 AM

Izat "bit steep" or "big step"? Not that there's a practical difference

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06/10/2011 3:38 PM

that's 'bit steep' in my local patois.

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06/10/2011 9:11 AM

I can't imagine they would let just anyone fly one of these: with that said-driving down the road and traffic stops short or backs up you could just fly over it :-)

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06/10/2011 3:39 PM

thats the dream! the cure to road construction and smokey-the-bear.

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