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Behold: the Surefly form Ohio-based hybrid vehicle manufacturer Workhorse – a lightweight, carbon fibre, petrol+electric powered, 8-rotor personal helicopter capable of flying two passengers 1.2km high and at speeds up to 112km\h.

The rotor arms fold so you can park the thing in your driveway, taking up around the same space as an SUV.

Yours for around €168,000.



Yesterday afternoon.

Over the Dubliun Docklands.

Richard O’Brien writes:

Helicopter hovering around the docklands for 30 mims with a camera rig in front. Anyone any ideas?

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Behold the EC-135 ADAC Notarzt Christoph 33 – the world’s biggest turbine powered remote control helicopter being out through its paces by Michael Franke at a model aircraft meeting in Damelung, Germany.

They’ve ordered one for Michael D, etc.


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The downwash from a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter takes out row of portable toilets whilst lifting field guns during preparation for the Ten Tors, challenge Okehampton, Dartmoor.



LLC 206B3 Jetranger pilot Dan Clark loading trucks like a man unhinged during the annual harvest at Noble Mountain Christmas tree farm in Oregon (the Christmas tree capital of the USA) back in 2008.

And below – cockpit POV of another Oregon tree harvester doing the same job with equal precision but slightly less speed last November.


(H/T: Owen)

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The E-Volo VC200 has become the world’s first electric helicopter to complete a maiden flight, ascending to 22m for several minutes.

Fully disassemblable with 18 rotors controlled by 20 onboard computers, the two-person E-Volo is designed for a 100km range at altitudes up to 1.9km.



Youtuber ‪João Guimarães‬ captures the amazing skills of a firefighting chopper pilot as he makes the first two of 25 refills at a neighbour’s swimming pool in Portugal, a legal last resort in wildfire situations. João sez:

…he was returning to the airfield from another bushfire when he saw the initial smoke column. He took the initiative to land and start the attack on his own since the fire was so close to houses. He made about 25 refills at the swimming pool, and this bucket carries about 600 liters, if I remember correctly. The swimming pool level lowered not even 40 cm after the mission. The helicopter left when the first firetruck arrived, the fire having already been extinguished.

Another angle here.



The $250,000 Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, which has been contested unsuccessfully by all manner of chopper boffins since 1980, has been won  by the first human-powered helicopter to fulfill all three of the American Helicopter Association’s criteria, namely: a flight lasting at least 60 seconds, rising at least once to a height of 3m while maintaining its centre-point inside a 10m square.

Last month, the AeroVelo team from the University of Toronto hovered their Atlas pedal-powered quadrotor (which measures a massive 47m across but only weighs 54kg) for 64.1 seconds and reached a maximum height of 3.3 meters.

AeroVelo, University Of Toronto Team, Win Human Powered Helicopter Flight Competition (HuffPo)


1a84e4fdd81d987864dfbe3123afc3d6 8e9d704cbfea1d09303c77c9f84c97ac 445827e19fd7b024f8cc72bc7951922cThe one-person chopper you always wanted and must have right this minute, conceptualised by Spanish graphic designer Héctor del Amo.

You may point to his lack of engineering knowledge, the commercial risk and potential danger of his pie-in-the-sky vision.