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>> www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10524334
>> Just needs to fly a bit higher ...
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> Alan, you might not have noticed I posted a lot about that
> under [TECH]
> Seeing as you've already opened it with [EE]

I've been biting my tongue, as it were, on this for some
days, but ...

I do hate to participate in tall poppy lopping with a fellow
NZer in the news, but, it's not obvious how this is new,
innovative or especially liable to do any better than the
numerous other attempts that it follows - some decades old.

There was a recent (few years) effort that looked very very
similar in concept but with larger rotors and a better
appearance. AFAIR one of the people on this list or perhaps
ARocket were on the development team and, they recounted,
were largely not listened to as the project self destructed.

Here we are - Solotrek.
LOOKS fantastic. WAS Fantastic - too much so.

Springtail and XFV

       http://www.roadabletimes.com/roadables-vtol_trekaero.html

XFV

       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoloTrek_XFV
       http://www.time.com/time/2001/inventions/go/infly.html

ALLEGEDLY still alive ... ? as at 2007
Walker?

       http://www.trekaero.com/

   More pictures    http://www.trekaero.com/Trek_Photos.htm





The current Martin 'Jetpack' is short on stability at
present. Even a 6 foot high to and fro unassisted demo would
have been far far far more impressive. John Carmack's 'lunar
lander' beats it to a pulp at present.

_____________

Here are only a few of the past efforts.
Some extremely successful in their niche.

       http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=722

The soldier in/on the HZ-1 deserves several medals for
bravery.

The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee looks somewhat safer to fall off, if
not to fly.
The Piasecki VZ-8 Air Geep looks awesome and was a
successful demonstrator.

The Williams Wasp ***WAS*** a manned JET powered flying
platform with impressive performance.

There were numerous other attempts of variable successs.
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Hoppi-Copter
1946
1 man strap on helicopter

       www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/pentecost_103.php
The man who made its engine - and much else.
Search page for Hoppi - or read it all !!!

       http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/righter6_part1.html


   http://www.shanaberger.com/hoppicoper.htm

Many photos

       http://images.google.co.nz/images?hl=en&q=hoppicopter&gbv=2


________________

Hiller Rotorcycle
Specs but no photo here

       http://www.hiller.org/rotorcycle.shtml


_________________________

NASA 1970
Simulator therefore

       http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710003261_1971003261.pdf

       http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=AD0259079


Sleep time ...

           Russell

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