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By Mark Rumsey
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About this project

Almost everyone I know wants to fly. We dream of flying all the time, especially in the movies. Just look at the film 'Avatar'. Wouldn't you like to have your own mountain banshee? I know I would! But when we walk out of the theatre, the reality is that most of us simply don't have the time and money to become a pilot.

SkyFly is my solution to this problem. Based upon the Hiller Flying Platform which flew in the 1950's, SkyFly is an easy to fly vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) ultralight aircraft that is safe and affordable (between $30K and $40K). When I say easy to fly, I mean you can learn to fly this aircraft within one afternoon! Because it is an ultralight, you don't need to obtain a pilot's license! Because it is VTOL, you don't need an airport!

SkyFly consists of four engines driving two counter-rotating coaxial propellers. You stand on a platform above the propellers and control the aircraft with a throttle and a control lever to turn left or right. To fly in a certain direction, you simply lean in that direction. It's like a Segway in the sky!

SkyFly is infinitely more stable than any helicopter. Because it is so stable, SkyFly makes flying much easier for everyone!

First, I see SkyFly as a high-end recreational vehicle giving people like you and me the ability to explore the earth from the air. Second and more importantly, I see SkyFly as being a first step towards answering the question, "Where's my flying car????" Just imagine FLYING to the grocery store to get that loaf of bread!

SkyFly is a proven design so I know it will work, I just need the funds to build it. Here is a quick breakdown of the minimum needed to get SkyFly airborne.

1. Four Engines: $9,500
2. Welded aluminum frame: $2,000
3. Custom transmission: $3,500
4. Propellers: $1,200
5. Mufflers: $900
6. Instrumentation: $700

I estimate it will take 3-4 months to build. That means with your help SkyFly will actually take flight by the middle of 2011! My goal would be to demonstrate the prototype at the Hiller Aviation Museum's Vertical Challenge Airshow on June 18, 2011 in San Carlos, CA. Here is their website: http://www.hiller.org/general-information.shtml

Once I've tested it I hope to go into production by the end of next year so you can get a SkyFly for yourself!

Thank you so much for your help! Spread the word far and wide! Hopefully even James Cameron will want to try a SkyFly!

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    PERSONAL RECOGNITION! You can sign your name or have your name added directly onto the first prototype! The cool thing about this is there's a chance this prototype will end up in The National Air & Space Museum! Plus you will be listed as a donor on every press release!

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    CHOICES! You can choose between a cool SkyFly car window sticker OR an 8"x10" signed color photo of the finished SkyFly prototype in flight! PLUS, you will also receive the PERSONAL RECOGNITION reward!

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    COOL RENDERING! Ultra-realistic printed CG rendering of SkyFly in flight. Send me your favorite background image and I will render the SkyFly aircraft flying in that image!

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    ENTERTAINMENT! A DVD documentary of the building of the SkyFly prototype! PLUS, with every level of donation, you will also receive the PERSONAL RECOGNITION reward!

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    ART! A high-quality limited edition print of an original drawing of the SkyFly in flight! And don't forget the PERSONAL RECOGNITION too!

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    ART to WEAR! A custom designed t-shirt featuring a cool SkyFly logo! And, as always...PERSONAL RECOGNITION!

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    ALL OF IT! Well almost.... That means you get to sign the prototype, the 8x10 photo, the sticker, the DVD, and the t-shirt. Plus you will have the privledge of being among the first to purchase a SkyFly!

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    VERY IMPORTANT PERSON! A VIP invitation to the exclusive party to unveil the first SkyFly prototype to the public! The party will be at the French Valley Airport in Murrieta, California. IN ADDITION, you will receive PERSONAL RECOGNITION, 8 x 10 photo, sticker, & T-shirt too!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE... Really, everything. PLUS a personal lesson on how to fly the SkyFly prototype! I will give you a full afternoon to learn to fly SkyFly and the chance to fly the aircraft yourself!

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