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Personal helicopter

August 25th, 2006 (11:34 am)
current mood: bwahahahaha

Just seen on Engadget: a personal helicopter, actually available for sale in the US...provided you're willing to wait 6 months for delivery and assemble the kit yourself. Only $29,000!

One catch: the current model is limited to 200 pounds. Maybe, by the time I've saved up for it, I'll have lost enough weight.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: August 25th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)

And where would you keep it?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: August 25th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Might not be that bad

The site says it folds up small enough to put in a minivan or SUV.

A more reasonable question might be what I'd do with it...fly to work and laugh at the people stuck in traffic? It's fast enough (55 mph). It's not exactly fuel-efficient, though; it runs on gas (mostly), and burns 5 gallons/hour (if you weigh 155 pounds), meaning something like 11mpg.

...ah, no, commuting is out. "No person may operate an ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons."

I suppose you could buy one as an investment, and charge people to fly it for fun. Kind of tricky, though; you couldn't get enough people unless you set up at something touristy, which probably counts as "open air assembly of persons".

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: August 25th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Might not be that bad

Wind chill at 55mph?

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