Love the yoga ball as a soft landing device, can't believe the pilot trusted his life to an RC controller though and he never had covers for all those props which would have sliced him up like a blender if things went pear shaped.

Awesome stuff, just totally jealous as we are trying something similar and they flew first :-)


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Comment by Martin Szymanski on November 1, 2011 at 3:42pm

I would do this with a kevlar suit along with the helmet and a polycarbonate face shield, but I weigh too much :-(

The balloon reminds me of my childhood days jumping around the living room. They lifted the propeller frames above the ground for a good reason.  Neat.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 1, 2011 at 4:03pm

Balloons, helmets reminds me of this. Now is this more or less dangerous than the multi flight?


Comment by Martin Szymanski on November 1, 2011 at 4:27pm

The video depicts a great sport challenge similar to snow jumping. I like what can be preventable by known safety measures.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 1, 2011 at 5:13pm

Wish the video showed something besides black.  Like the iPad, not technically challenging, but someone actually had to put the pieces together & do it.  Now that someone has finally flown a manned electric helicopter, hopefully it'll stimulate more progress in less educated countries.

Comment by Haidar Abu Bakar on November 1, 2011 at 5:43pm

Yes a flying blender, thats what it is..very dangerous but FUN!


Comment by Cliff-E on November 1, 2011 at 5:48pm

Looks like standard off the shelf flight controller, though 12 motors appears to be the max I've seen out of all the flight controllers out there (theoretically, most support upto 32). I'd be interested in what ESC's he used, cause the control latency at those lengths would be a factor. Unless he's using the 12 outer motors at constant rpms for basic lift and the 4 inner motors for control--that would solve a lot of ESC control issues. Otherwise, I'm sure he balanced *everything*. As for vibrations, the *human* is the vibration damper!


I like the way he mounted the motors (brackets with counter sunk screws)--can I say shears-ville? Scary.


Anyway, no guts no glory. It can be done. But if you don't have propeller guards--all you need is a simple prop snap--and it will slice right though you.


Comment by Martin Szymanski on November 1, 2011 at 5:58pm

I could be fascinated with the possibility of death.

I'm no sure if I would say Ohh Wow towards the end.

Comment by Cliff-E on November 1, 2011 at 6:14pm

Also, I'm surprised it appears they used NO Carbonfiber(?) in the frame (at least the props).

Comment by Ellison Chan on November 1, 2011 at 6:26pm


Those are high torque, low rpm motors.  So I don't think they'll exactly slice through him.  Maybe it'll be like getting hit by a stick.

Comment by W. Joe Taylor on November 1, 2011 at 6:48pm
why didn't he put the rotors over head and mount chair under? Much safer!


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