Company developing ‘Segway of the sky’

BitarAir Buoyant is developing a one-person flying platform called the VertiPod. Classified as an ultralight aircraft, the propeller-powered VertiPod’s simple controls could spark a transportation revolution.

“It’s kind of the first step toward the flying car,” said Air Buoyant President and CEO Pete Bitar. “We call it the Segway of the sky. It has a rudder that steers it laterally, but you just lean in the direction you want to go.”

The Vertipod looks a bit like a one-passenger helicopter turned upside-down. Its propeller is on the bottom and the pilot stands on a platform built around it with back support and controls at waist-level.

It is powered by a 440-cubic-centimeter engine that runs on gasoline or ethanol and can be activated with a pull-start, like a lawnmower. The VertiPod is intended to travel five to 15 feet above ground at a top speed of 40 mph. Bitar said it will be sold for $10,000 in a kit that can be assembled in a weekend.

Source:  Wired’s Danger Room

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