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Human powered helicopter: is this a new era in flight?

Wright brothers, eat your heart out, because here is a flight to truly be proud of. It is the longest human powered helicopter flight ever as verified by National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

To answer the question, though, probably not. If you watch the video, you will see what it takes for a human-powered helicopter to make it off the ground: four enormous rotors set very close to the ground, and one very dedicated cyclist.

Airports will still be your main method of transport for long destinations. But the fact this team from the University of Maryland were able to harness the human energy enough for hovering flight is very impressive. It’s only for 49.9 seconds, but the energy needed looks quite intense.

  • Heiner Meyer

    I prefer my Alouette II, doing well here in South Africa!