The FlyRider Vision
The Dream of Birdlike Flight
In the last century, airplanes and mass-produced cars have changed the way we live. Cars, which became affordable for the general population, have allowed us to move farther away from cities, and planes have cut travel time to faraway destinations considerably. But we are still missing the realization of a century-old dream -- the personal aircraft! Just step out the door, start the engine and take off...
Small planes (like the well known Cessna) are not a new invention. But unlike your car you can't use them from home since they cannot take off and land in your garden or at your parking lot. They need the complex infrastructure of an airport. But driving your car to an airport just to enter your airplane, fly to your destination be forced to get into a car again - this is not really the dream of the birdlike freedom of flight.Therefore the key to success for any personal aircraft is to provide VTOL capabilities: VTOL stands for vertical takeoff and landing and allows to operate an aircraft from (almost) any place like e.g. your garden. To solve this problem, the helicopter was invented. But until today helicopters are still quite complex and expensive to maintain.
The FlyRider - a personal flying gadget
FlyRider is a project to design and build a very compact VTOL experimental aircraft that is inexpensive to build and operate. It's very compact design allows FlyRider to operate from almost any place like gardens or small parking areas.
Unlike airplanes and helicopters FlyRider can't fly high and fast. Our focus is low and slow. Helicopters are designed to meet the requirements of professional users (med- evac / rescue / military) - and cost millions! For recreational purpose the design priorities are very different: Keep it simple, small, easy to handle and cheap!