Video: Flying trike takes off

2012-12-31 11:16

TEXAS, USA - A US inventor has come with a vehicle idea that's sure to take off - a flying motor-tricycle.

Inventor Larry Neal's revolutionary three-wheeled Super Sky Cycle is powered by a 582cc engine and a three-blade, 1.7m rotor. The trike is 4.5m long, 2.1m wide and 2.5m/2.2m high with the propeller folded.


The rotors are designed to fold up when not in use, allowing the vehicle to be driven on a normal road. You will, however, need a pilot's licence to take to the sky wheel where it can cruse at around 60km/h for around five hours. It needs six metres to land and can reach 100km/h on land.

Neal, a member of Butterfly Aircraft, has been awarded a US patent to build and sell the vehicle to the public. The flying trike costs the equivalent of about R635 000, about the same as a well-specced BMW 5 Series.


Neal says he has several orders, including a large one from the Texas border patrol.

Optional kit includes turn indicators, reserve fuel tank and motorcycle or nose-pod windscreen.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-12-31 17:14

    OMW they call this an invention it's a gyro copter , have been around for ages just a new idea for use of it and aI would not trust a Rattex 582 to fly that baby at 5500 ft.

  • nick.sailer - 2013-01-02 01:04

    I have no idea what the fuss is all about. Go and vieww www.pal-v.com. The Pal-V is a Dutch development launched in April 2012 and is ready for production line manufacture. It sports an enclosed cockpit, retractable propeller, rotor and tail and loads of funky technology that make this effort look like something the Wright brothers might have thrown out. So what if some dude in the states flung this together in a corner of his garage, the Dutch are light years ahead with a production line product. Yawn.

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