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Human Powered Helicopter


How Fast do you need to Pedal it to Fly

I've received the question how fast would you need to Pedal to keep the helicopter in the air? Short answer just over 1 Horse power real answer a lot of math the best info I've found for this is in WIRED magazine 6/25/12 "How hard is the Human Powered Helicopter?" by Rhett Allain. Math geeks you will love this article with its formulas also check out YouTube "Human-Powered Helicopter: Straight Up Difficult" But make sure you watch the winning team AeroVelo from Canada at and their TEDx talk "Ingredients of Innovation"

Also of note on the upper pulley i put a white handle that when turned moves the upper blades and lower legs.