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Comment by Rhett Walker on September 1, 2011 at 9:17am

cool idea, but i might reconsider the cloth cockpit.......

Comment by Brent on September 1, 2011 at 9:18am

Howard Hughes would be proud. I admire the person who has the motivational spirit to take this from cocktail napkin to the garage and fire up the welder.

Comment by SheehyFD on September 1, 2011 at 10:13am

I like his staggered motor design but I couldn't tell if he had any augmented stabilization...I guess a man with a cool enough flight suit can do anything.

Comment by Jan Detlefsen on September 1, 2011 at 10:18am

second try of a manned multicopter project that pops up in the last few days. Maybe we witness a new race who is going to be the first amateur who securely lifts off. i still believe the electric concept of Brad Hughey has the better chances of success because it's easier to incorporate stabilization with electric motors than with internal combustion engines.

Comment by Gian Carlo M. on September 1, 2011 at 10:21am

yeah.. stabilization is a key factor and I can hardly see it happening with combustion engines. maybe it can lift off, but I would be skeptical of it's ability to safely fly.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on September 1, 2011 at 10:22am

Just getting that thing up and running has a high probability for death and dismemberment.

Comment by avionics on September 1, 2011 at 10:25am

I wonder when i see 8 jet turbines instead !:-)

Comment by Gian Carlo M. on September 1, 2011 at 10:28am

I believe jets would have some issues also. From what I know their response time when throttling is very high, which would, once again, harm stability.

Comment by Gian Carlo M. on September 1, 2011 at 10:29am

or, maybe I'm wrong and we could soon have these...


Comment by Brad Hughey on September 1, 2011 at 10:50am

Well, thanks Jan for your vote of confidence.  And yes, I too am skeptical of anyone being successful with internal combustion engines.  The control permutations are staggeringly large.  Methinks that's part of Paul Moller's SkyCar challenges - and he's been at it for 25 years or so and burned through, according to his website, about 100 million USD in angel investments (and in my opinion, to produce a product for which there is no market, but that's a whole other conversation.)


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