Everyone dreams of flight at one point in their life. We imagine flying like Superman, Ironman, or even using bird-like wings. The problem is, real-world aviation just can't deliver that to your average consumer and the type of flight it can deliver is little to nothing like Superman or Ironman. To fly an airplane requires hundreds of hours of training and thousands of dollars and even the most simple aircraft, like paramotors (motorized paragliders), require many hours of flight training and aren't user-friendly. Airbike LLC intends to make personal flight safe,accessible and practical by bringing a next-generation vehicle to market, in the form of a drone-like vertical take-off ‘bike’. One that anyone can fly. The product is called the Hovercycle™.

The Hovercycle looks and functions like a bicycle mixed with a quadcopter. The four propellers are powered by electric motors and the battery pack, powering the motors, sits in the center frame of the bike. However, instead of pitch...
Everyone dreams of flight at one point in their life. We imagine flying like Superman, Ironman, or even using bird-like wings. The problem is, real-world aviation just can't deliver that to your average consumer and the type of flight it can deliver is little to nothing like Superman or Ironman. To fly an airplane requires hundreds of hours of training and thousands of dollars and even the most simple aircraft, like paramotors (motorized paragliders), require many hours of flight training and aren't user-friendly. Airbike LLC intends to make personal flight safe,accessible and practical by bringing a next-generation vehicle to market, in the form of a drone-like vertical take-off ‘bike’. One that anyone can fly. The product is called the Hovercycle™.

The Hovercycle looks and functions like a bicycle mixed with a quadcopter. The four propellers are powered by electric motors and the battery pack, powering the motors, sits in the center frame of the bike. However, instead of pitching the entire aircraft body, like a drone, to control direction, the pilot "pedals'' to change the pitch of the rear set of the propellers to go forward and backward, while steering and leaning left or right to turn. This mimics the intuitive, simple controls of a bicycle and makes flying a Hovercycle feel more natural than any other aircraft. Our innovation in design and flight controls will drastically reduce the time required to learn to fly and exponentially increase the size of the available market (consumers and use cases) over any other aircraft.

Despite an electric motor or speed controller failure being vanishingly rare, especially so when compared to gas turbines and piston engines, the Hovercycle still needs to be prepared for a failure and react accordingly to ensure safety. This is why, in the production model of the Hovercycle, we will elect to add multiple layers of redundancy to the flight system. This means we will use 5-8 motors, rather than just 4, with a parachute system prepared for emergency deployment as well. The production model will also feature advanced obstacle avoidance similar to that which exists on DJI drones. Any warning messages will appear on the Hovercycle’s central screen, with audio and visual queues to ensure the user is aware of any signs of problems or danger. In order for a personal flying vehicle to be successful in the consumer market, safety must be the number one priority. At Airbike, we must ensure our products are safe and reliable.
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