Flying motorcycle with jet engines in making, claims a US company
California : A California-based company has claimed that they are making a flying motorcycle that will be powered by five modified jet engines on the base of an aircraft.
Dubbed the "Speeder," the $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft will reach at least 150 miles per hour, have a 45-mile range and be able to travel as high as 15,000 feet when it debuts next year, according to David Mayman, the CEO of JetPack Aviation, a company that creates and sells personal jet packs.
While all these figures seem like a dream, the company claims that they are already testing the prototypes. The plan, they say, is to roll out 20 full-size Speeders ready for customers next year.
For those bold enough to ride one, the aircraft comes standard with a safety strap.
"This is a compact machine, like a motorcycle, that can take off vertically from your front lawn or driveway and land on the other side of the city in a similar position," said Mayman, who famously made a jet-pack flight around the statue of Liberty in 2015. "That kind of convenience and size is what we've all dreamed about, but this idea has always been treated like science fiction."
Unlike the conventional aircraft, it does not require any special license or permission but the agency's rules require instead that ultralights operate during daylight hours in open areas and limit their use to sport and recreation.
Like others developing similar crafts, Mayman said the Speeder will be used for recreation and operated on personal property until rules and regulations begin to evolve.