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Hummingbird Helicopter/Airplane Cut the cost of flying !!!

SKIP THE BIG AIRPORTS Take-off & land like a helicopter. Fly like an airplane. NO long lines runway or garage fees -- FREE PARKING --

Hummingbird Helicopter/Airplane Cut the cost of flying !!!

SKIP THE BIG AIRPORTS Take-off & land like a helicopter. Fly like an airplane. NO long lines runway or garage fees -- FREE PARKING --

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That's right skip the big airports runways, long lines, and parking garages while slashing the cost.  Get the speed of an airplane with the convenience of a local helicopter at airplane prices or maybe less (no runway). The Hummingbird lands like a helicopter almost anywhere including an endless number of close to home areas with ---FREE PARKING---

  How fast do you want to fly?

                   " Old Helicopter Speed" .vs. "New Hummingbird Speed"

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   ----BREAKING NEWS----    A new type of aircraft has been invented, that will slash the cost of super convenient air travel, and quite likely regular everyday commercial flights too because it is a hybrid  (HELICOPTER - AIRPLANE).   The Hummingbird can take-off & land locally close to home like a helicopter.  It can also roll forward all together as a single unit and fly much faster and much farther than any helicopter. People will be able to fly from place to place with the speed, fuel efficiency, and low cost of an airplane but will not need a runway or it's hidden charges for take-off & landing.  Imagine fewer parking garages, fewer runways and fewer lines with closer to home local convenient service and local jobs too. This will in all likeliness create serious competition for the big names in the air or they can get onboard and help.  Many people may remember the very high cost of both supplying and selling long distance telephone service. The world found out that every time the rates were cut in half the customers became happier and most of them more than doubled their use of this valuable resource. This phenomenon repeated itself many times to everyone's benefit.

If a helicopter and a Hummingbird cost about the same to purchase and to operate per hour, and the Hummingbird flies twice as fast (or more!), then the cost of your Hummingbird flight should be less than one-half of what it would cost in a conventional helicopter.  When you drop the charger for the long runways and parking garages we may have a game changer here called the Hummingbird. Keep it local close to home and everyone will save.

Sounds too good to be true?  Why is this invention so much better than the state of the art (VTOL aircraft) like the Harrier or Osprey.  Those aircraft rotate the heavy propulsion system relative to the air frame adding enormous complexity and cost.  Keep It Simple!  We keep the seats level with the ground.  Just like the Ferris wheel seats stay upright and level as the wheel rotates, the  passengers always stay upright and comfortable  as the Hummingbird rotates from take-off to flight mode around the passengers.  For your comfort you can even recline the seat!

Artist sketch of a 200 passenger Hummingbird and others in Memphis TN - US patent pending - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Artist sketch of a 200 passenger Hummingbird and others in Memphis TN - US patent pending - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

 Just imagine if you had a (NOT offered here) video of the Wright brothers first flight - a good day dream...    However you can get a video of the Hummingbirds first untethered flight and be one of the few that take part in this historic endeavor.

Coming soon to an open space near you ! 
Sooner than you may think we are working with Kickstarter !!!

YEAR 2035 Memphis TN ... See that old transport going by. When I was a bit younger several of us got together and picked a few ideas to help. That bird out there was one of them. They say this video that I sprung for is worth a mint now.
YEAR 2035 Memphis TN ... See that old transport going by. When I was a bit younger several of us got together and picked a few ideas to help. That bird out there was one of them. They say this video that I sprung for is worth a mint now.

 The Hummingbird with 1,2,3,or 4 engines can be sized to carry any number of passengers quickly while keeping your seat upright (recline if you like) and still take off and land locally without long lines a runway or expensive parking garages. This will allow many new inexpensive startup businesses, possibly called no runway ports, all around the country creating new good jobs and better access to quality modern aviation. The helicopter got us half way there but due to its slow speed requiring long travel times it ended up costing too much for passenger air travel. The VTOL Harrier and the Osprey cost even more as they seem to only be used by the military. The new Hummingbird is more than twice as fast as helicopters so it flies in less than half the time costing much less and shorter travel times too.

 "Sounds too good to be true."     I can not imagine why nobody has done this.  We checked and found nothing.  So here we go!

shown below with  Hummingbird solutions
shown below with Hummingbird solutions
Air Ambulance -   See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Air Ambulance - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

This life saving air ambulance can go about 60 miles out and back in one hour sadly failing to meet the stringent demands of some severely injured patient's only 90 miles away from a trauma center. There are faster aircraft available like the Osprey but they COST so MUCH that they seemed to be reserved for the military.  With your help we can do better than this. The Hummingbird will cost about the same as a conventional helicopter like the one shown above and it will fly over TWICE as FAST.The trauma centers have figured out how to save lives if we get patients there fast enough. The Hummingbird can travel over 150 miles out and then 150 back in the same single "golden hour" even overlapping coverage areas in many cases. When we use our individual strengths this dream can come true so it will be here for each of us.

Forrest fires far from large airplane friendly lakes - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Forrest fires far from large airplane friendly lakes - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

Some fires would burn out of control in a location without a big lake nearby for an airplane to skim the surface and draw water for the fire. The Hummingbird can travel hundreds of miles quickly like a plane then almost magically hover over and pull water from any close source such as a small pond or stream. Hummingbirds may make 10 or more trips to one saving lives, saving property, and saving money too.

Police Chase - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Police Chase - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

Many cars like the one you see here can out run all police helicopters. The Hummingbird can out run any car on earth and get ahead of the problem in order to help keep people safer.

Osprey --- Big, complicated and EXPENSIVE! - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Osprey --- Big, complicated and EXPENSIVE! - See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

Some may say we have the Osprey and it does what the Hummingbird will do but it won't. The Osprey does not have a single engine version and it only comes with 2 engines and a cost of around 70 million a copy much more than a comparable hummingbird. The Osprey does cost too much for all air ambulances companies and, commercial airlines to buy that has been shown in the real world. Billions of dollars were spent on the Osprey trying to copy the time tested incredible VTOL (vertical takeoff or  landing) function of the helicopter.  The Hummingbird simply and economically, incorporates and adapts the conventional helicopter's technology while keeping your seat upright too. This enables it to surpass pre-Hummingbirds wildest speed and agility expectations for a high speed VTOL aircraft at an affordable price. All this means is that the air ambulance companies and, commercial airlines among others will be able to afford to use the  hummingbirds for your safety and convenience too.

Access to ships/platforms at sea.- See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page
Access to ships/platforms at sea.- See project goals and Rewards index at bottom of page

These offshore platforms require periodic crew changes usually performed by slow moving conventional helicopters, since no runway is available for airplanes. The Hummingbird can perform these regularly scheduled and emergency flights twice as fast and at half the cost. This dream can happen a whole lot sooner if  you choose to help the Hummingbird.

(patent pending)   See project goals and Rewards at bottom of page
(patent pending) See project goals and Rewards at bottom of page

 This very small first model of the Hummingbird flew tethered to a rod mounted on a swivel and proved that the new invention works. See video at top of page to view a clip.  What you see above is a remote control helicopter motor and main rotor( low left & up right) that was put into a custom air frame creating the Humming bird. The motor and rotor were mass produced so there is no tunnel through the shaft to mount a canard wing - elevator above so we had to settle  for a rear elevator (low right) causing the main body to be higher off the ground than the actual Hummingbirds will be designed and built.

These prototypes may remind you of a simple hobby type remote control toy plane. In fact the kickstarter Hummingbirds will have state of the art remotely piloted controls with the ability to fly far away completely out of sight. They will also be equipped with instruments that allow flight with conditions like darkness or clouds (IFR) where the onboard cameras looking outside are blocked by lack of light or clouds. There is a lot of work to do in order to have a turnkey flight ready Hummingbird to present to the aviation industry but we are looking forward to it.

The sky is the limit !!!   Being small has it's advantages.  We can develop ideas into reality much faster than large companies if we have the money to do so. We can build a small hummingbird for one or two people and show the world.  With your help we can get this project moving at Hummingbird speed !

The Land is Down Under - all for fun fun fun - VIDEO !!!

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Just imagine if you had a (NOT offered here) video of the Wright brothers first flight - a good day dream...    However you can get a video of the Hummingbirds first untethered flight and be one of the few that take part in this historic endeavor.

The sky is the limit.The sky is the limit.

Risks and challenges

The only challenge is raising the capital to fund this Hummingbird. All the flight controls have been refined over the past decades I just need to consider 2 center of gravities and pay attention to details so in each of the two flight modes nothing adversely affects the other flight mode. And as you see in the video I have some pretty good help.

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