DailyDirt: One-Man Flying Machines...
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Millions of people have flown in planes -- or even jumped out of them with a parachute just for fun. But not too many people have piloted their own personal aircraft. Sure, people can buy motorized gliders or just tie a bunch of weather balloons to a lawn chair -- but the flying car still sounds like a futuristic concept. Here are a few experimental projects for aircraft designed for just one passenger.
- A human-powered helicopter from the University of Maryland is being developed to win the Sikorsky Prize. The Sikorsky Prize will award $250,000 for a human-powered aircraft that can hover at an altitude of at least 3 meters for a minute within a restricted area. [url]
- NASA's experimental Puffin aircraft is a one-person stealthy helicopter. But it hasn't exactly been proven to work yet. [url]
- Yves Rossy (aka The Jetman) flew his jetpack over the Grand Canyon recently. Before the flight, the Jetman got permission from the Hualapai Reservation and the FAA -- and got a bit nervous about the media attention..? [url]
- To discover more cool sites about aviation, check out what's currently flying around StumbleUpon. [url]