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Jun
28th May 2008, 01:32 PM
Wow. That would be cool to have. Good for holidays, or those with farms or big open land.

One-man Helicopter: Japanese Make World's Smallest One-Man Helicopter (Can Fit Three Tom Cruises, Two Brian Lams) (http://gizmodo.com/393415/japanese-make-worlds-smallest-one+man-helicopter-can-fit-three-tom-cruises-two-brian-lams)

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/2849/brianlamflyingbd4.jpg

mivory
28th May 2008, 02:06 PM
Now that looks safe.... NOT!
Imagine strapping farmers to those and have them whizzing all around the airspace in outback australia. This one looks electric. Im sure it'd be fun, but it looks like passenger comfort and safety are yet to be thought about...
Your kanji icon is appropriate with this post 'Jun'.

Here is the English link for the manufacturer's home page. Looks like this has been around for about 6 years!!! I'd have thought a few more refinements would be obvious in that time.

http://www.gen-corp.jp/GENH-4_en/

Oh, and for those people wanting to buy one:
Ace Craft USA - GEN H-4 - One Man Helicopter (http://www.acecraftusa.com/)

Bart Smastard
28th May 2008, 02:11 PM
Looks like that'd be a lot of fun but I think I'd feel safer in bike leathers, some body armour and a full face helmet - definitely not T-shirt and jeans.

cmjl
28th May 2008, 02:15 PM
Im sure it'd be fun, but it looks like passenger comfort and safety are yet to be thought about...
But the guy is wearing a helmet :)

adamd
28th May 2008, 02:21 PM
But the guy is wearing a helmet :)

And enclosed foot wear :D

iBob
28th May 2008, 02:38 PM
Someone's going to get minced.

Jun
28th May 2008, 03:31 PM
Looks as safe as anything that leaves the ground. What goes up must come down, and not always the way intended.

I have seen ultra-light planes that are just as flimsy looking, yet people still fly them.


Your kanji icon is appropriate with this post 'Jun'.
:D

Geoff3DMN
28th May 2008, 03:37 PM
I'm trying to figure out what stops the pilot/body from starting to rotate.

In a normal copter there is a tail rotor, in some larger designs there are twin counter rotating rotor blades.

This doesn't seem to have either...

*edit*

Never mind... from the photos on the web site it's got twin rotors. That wasn't obvious (to me anyway) from the photo at the top of the thread.

*edit 2*

Errk! $59,500 US.

I could buy a Jabiru J160 for that :rolleyes: