Jet Ski’s for the Sky

March 25th, 2004 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Jet Ski’s for the Sky)

airbike01Came across this over at Grow-a-Brain

The AirBike™ VTOL Personal Aircraft

The AirBike™ is the ultimate expression of the V.T.O.L. idea. Parked in your garage, launched from your driveway, the AirBike™ will be able to reach and land in areas not accessible by any other mode of transportation.

The AirBike™ is a VTOL, personal aircraft which uses vectored thrust, generated by a ducted fan, to achieve both vertical and level flight.

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I have dreamed about flying something like this ever since I saw one in the movie Heavy Metal back in 1981. Here is a screen cap of a “bad guy” flying one during a chase in the movie:

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Freeflying

May 1st, 1995 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Freeflying)

I first learned how to fly in my dreams. The intense and blissful freedom of dreamflight carried over to my waking life in my pursuit of what has become the ultimate form of skydiving – freeflying. Freeflying begins where traditional skydiving ends. By treating the atmosphere as your playground rather than something you fall through everything expands. By mastering your body position, the freedom gained over how fast you fly and in what direction is tremendous…
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An old skydiving friend of mine with over 17,000 jumps and the pioneer of
free-fly skydiving sums it up best:


We came from the sea upon the land,
Then we dreamed of flying,
Humankind has developed into a flying species,
Ballons, Airplanes, Spaceships, and now the pure body itself,
Starting from the right place on Earth anybody can fly,
If they understand the FREE FLY concept,
If not, they will fall through the air like a sinking non-swimmer in water,
One quarter of all posible directions to choose from,
With speeds up to one half of the sound waves,
1155 Billion cubic feet to be like nowhere else on this whole planet,
Cruising the atmosphere, the last frontier before space,
This planet skin touching everything at once.

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Olav Zipser, 1994.
3 Time World Freestyle Champion

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