Flying hovercraft!

Bungee jumping, kite-boarding... Why do all the extremest sports seem to come from New Zealand? The lightweight, canvas-covered wings are attached to the craft with what he calls a "Jesus pin". "If that comes out, you see Jesus," he said. Because the hovercraft is not classed as an aircraft under New Zealand aviation laws, the operator does not require a pilot's licence. Daily Telegraph.  

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


City Flying Taxi

LINK"Developed by the British company Avcen, the Jetpod is a small twin-jet aircraft with newly developed VQSTOL (Very Quiet Short Take-off and Landing) technology - and it’s aimed to make short-distance air travel possible in built-up urban areas by the year 2010.""75 Jetpods would service a city the size of London and thereby relieve road traffic of 37,000 return car journeys every day. A one-way flight from outer London to the city centre would take just 4 to 6 minutes. The Jetpod doesn’t even require a conventional runway. It can land on grass, dirt or stone-strewn areas. Avcen designed the Jetpod using the latest jet engine technologies for optimal fuel efficiency and lower emissions noise levels, when compared to car transportation.TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSDRIVE SYSTEM: Dual jet enginesENGINE THRUST: 2 x 13.3 kN (3,000 lbs)CRUISING SPEED: 550 km/h (350 mph)FLYING RANGE: 1480 km (920 miles)OPERATING PAYLOAD: 700 kg (1,543 lbs)SEATING CAPACITY: 7"This is pretty cool, can't wait to see if it actually gets into production.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


How can i fly for under $200? Answered

Something i can build that will make me fly?

Asked by Aron313 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago




How to make plastic bats fly?

I thought I successfully entered this question before, but I don't think it worked so...here goes: I have 2 dozen cheap plastic/rubber bats that I would like to make fly around my yard this Halloween. Can anyone please help

Asked by stbo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make a glider?

I want to make a glider BUT A REAL ONE.Something that will help someone fly from place to place  P.S. I saw it in a book but it isnt mentioned

Asked by aca15 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Flying Pig Website

If anybody likes automata, but can't be bothered to work in wood and metal, try Flying Pig models.They (mainly he) make and sell cardboard kits that move in interesting ways.Obviously, most of them are for sale, but he has some free models for downloading, which change very occasionally.Probably the most interesting parts of Flying Pig for this site, though, are his Workshop Notes blog, where Rob updates readers on the process he goes through developing his models (he's part way through a dinosaur at the moment, and has released a kids range).He also has a section of mechanisms, with animations of all the paper mechanisms he uses, plus several that don't go into paper models (like a stirling engine).Generally, it's a great resource for anybody interested in engineering, paper or otherwise.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Inquiry about kanne of Patang (Kite)

Dear Sir, I am Indian & live in India { Gorakhpur , U.P. } . My name is Amitabh Srivastava . Sir , I likes to fly kites but i have a problem that i do not know how select a Patang from shop & how make kanni in Patang ?I do not know how much ( in number ) kanii given in upper & lower end of Patang . Sir, i asked from many people always , but they do not give right answer . I suffer from 6 years .Please told me . Can i contact you on mobile ? PleaSE PROVIDE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER .Please tell me . I shall be thankfull to you . Thankyou . RegardsAmitabh

Asked by kumarsrivastava 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how do i build a flying saucer? Answered

Years ago in popular science or popular mechanics i saw an ad for plans to build a low altitude saucer shaped vehicle. used a vw engine or one similar. does anyone have or know where to find a set of the plans?

Asked by james1956 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does anyone know how i can build a mini flying zeppelin?

I have a science fair coming up soon and i would really like to build a mini zeppelin. i did a lot of research and all answers i got were to build a really big aircraft so any ideas you have would help. Thanks in advance ! TheMacyC !

Asked by whoisthis 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Mountain Wingsuit Flying Videos

Who wants to learn how to fly in a wingsuit with me? Shall we learn to paraglide first? Man, Mountain, Wingsuit - Click here for this week’s top video clips Another video I couldn't embed:http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=4262

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Is it possible to make a flying model plane with mainly knex? Answered

I have been trying on and off with the idea that the next generation knex, which are smaller and lighter would make a great plane. I realize that it will need something to cover the wings and a propellar but I think it may be possible. Any other ideas, thoughts, or tips are muchly appreciated.

Asked by JonnyBGood 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Hang glider

I'm thinking about building a hang glider, just for low altitude ( nothing more than 30-0 feet) but i have no experience, any suggestions for building?

Posted by hedgiehog 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Who is your favorite superhero?

Everyone loves a good hero. Whether its some like spider man who gets actual powers or Iron man or batman who make them. they are all great so as the title clearly states "Who is your favorite superhero?".

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how to remove 125 cc mAgnetic flying wheel igniter? Answered

Asked by SissyDale23 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What do I need to make something that can fly a Santa accross a room?

Hi all, Weird one but as part of our Christmas party we want to have a range of competitive games and challenges which we can take part in as groups. The idea here is that we want the finale to be building and flying "something" which can carry a Santa as far as possible and whoever's get's the further wins... I have never bought, made or played with any toy planes, drones, anything that flies etc so I wondered if there was a basic list of items we'd need to put these together? I should imagine we don't want them to take more than a few hours to make in total, and they should be powered by a motor and remote control? Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kate

Asked by Kate_89 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Coanda effect VTOL or "hovercraft" - making a working model

I am currently working on the design of an impeller driven lifting device utilising the Coanda effect. My 3D printer is of course a great help here but only useful to test the vacuum cleaner assembly that I salvaged for the motor and impeller part. So far it is just I am interesting to see myself instead of reading it on the net but I was wondering if any RC model makers out here would be interested too? I have no clue about the available brushless motors and controllers or how much extra weight for electronics, batteries and so on but could provide the 3D files and design tips if anyone would dare to create a working RC model. Unlike all the designs on Youtube no propeller is used for the lift! Those designs might still use the Coanda effect, or better adjust it's airflow, for the steering but the actual lift comes from a prop. An impeller as used in vacuum cleaner does not provide lift and is more the "real deal". The last real world project that I know of was the Avrocar that was tested during the cold war but never made it into production. Just though it might be an interesting project to build your own "flying saucer" :)

Posted by Downunder35m 3 years ago


Fancy winning £1000?

It's not an Instructables competition, but it's right up our street. The challenge is to make an "alternative umbrella":Design and make an alternative umbrella using partly or wholly recycled materials. Your umbrella can be an object of practical beauty or bizarre charm, and made to any scale.Since the competition is on #1 son's birthday, we'll be entering. If you're going to be in the Southwold area in September, you could enter. If you're not going to enter, how about posting some ideas I could pinch?http://www.flyingegg.co.uk/

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Help! photos, diagrams, etc required for Himmelstürmer

hello, I need some diagrams or sketches or photos of the german Himmelstürmer. If you have scale or measurements, that would be even better. one sounds like a simple enough device, and I would like to make it as a fun project. and post it up as an ible. all I know is that it consisted of two pulse jets and fuel tank(s). one small jet pointed down and was attached to the front of the user, the other larger one pointed at a downwards angle. fuel was stored on the front of the person. the engines did not run long enough to heat up, so there is no heat protection. it was used by throttling the engines, which would push the wearer into the air and forwards, allowing jumps of 60 meters distance and up to 50 feet height. I just need details of the, well, the entire device. the attached picture is just an artist impression of the device. I have no idea how to mount it to the user in a non-permanent way, and I need dimensions and such to allow it to be safe. I really don't want to make a device for an ible that could blow up the user. Thanks!

Posted by Nyanman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


fly robot fly

Need a tutorial on fly robot fly Respecte sirs, http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/07/FlyingRobot_450x388.jpg i saw a image for fly robot fly i want to develop a same size robot can any one help me to develop this i will be thankful to him

Posted by massmailer123 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


fly tying

Fly tying fishing flies

Posted by archer0382 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


DIY Helium Flying Saucer floated away with 6 YO Boy

OCT 15th 2009 Noon PST A CO boy climbed into a Helium filled Flying Saucer shaped balloon his Dad made. The 6 YO climbed in and released the balloon. It left Fort Collins CO and is flying East across CO.  9NEWS.com is covering live.

Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Knex Flight

Seeing as knex is light, strong and flexible, and most importantly, using rods, I beleive it would be feesable to build a Knex 'glider'. After seeing how gliders are made, it could be possible to build a lightweight spacframe wing out of knex, and make it fly using clingfilm as its 'skin'. An extra boost of gliding power would come from a clingfilm propeller, powered by the very fast and smal, solar motor. Do you think it is possible to make something like this glide 10 metres? Ideas welcome.

Posted by TheFoofinator 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


need a tutorial on fly robot fly

Respecte sirs, http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/07/FlyingRobot_450x388.jpg i saw a image for fly robot fly i want to develop a same size robot can any one help me to develop this i will be thankful to him

Posted by massmailer123 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I make a giant version of a latex (rubber) balloon?

I wanted to make a giant balloon to tie onto myself and jump up and down really high. I suppose a pogostick does the same thing, but a giant balloon seems cool as well.

Asked by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A Collection of Ornithopter Images

For the last month or two I've become completely obsessed with building ornithopters. As part of the creation process I've scoured the Internets for any and all images I could find of others work. I find these things to be very intriguing and I figured that others might like to check out the different designs, enjoy!

Posted by Tomdf 6 years ago


Flugtag -- human powered flight?

Have you seen the videos for Flugtag? It looks like a great excuse to build something fun and jump in the water, and maybe fly a few feet too.Most of them look like this: And here's the US record holder, at a whopping 155 feet: I bet we could do better than that, especially with a drop. ;) Anyone have a proposal for Team Instructables? They hold these things around the world, so it's not just US. I bet we could pick up on style points as well.From the official page:The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 35 Flugtags have been held around the world -- from Ireland to San Francisco -- attracting up to 300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight-to-date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Flugtag Austria. The U.S. record stands at 155 feet set in Nashville, TN in 2007.Teams are judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and showmanship. What constitutes a craft is purely up to the imagination of the participating teams. Past Red Bull Flugtag entries have included a pregnant cow, a diaper-delivering stork, a pimped-out Cadillac, a giant Oompa Loompa, and yes folks -- a lobster named Larry.

Posted by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Flying Carousel

  To those who are not subscribed yet (shame on you!). I present the flying carousel: There's more info in the youtube description or on my blog. Enjoy!

Posted by floris2burn 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Fly back for SALE $5

I have one flyback transformer for sale for $5

Posted by inductionheat! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Harry Potter flying broom idea. Would it work? Answered

               Ok, so in the past few months I've came up with an idea for a maglev-esque flying broom design after re-watching Harry Potter. It would hover over a magnetic track using two electromagnets- one in the handle and one hidden in the broom straw. The power of the magnets could be controlled via a control panel/joystick on the handle of the broom, letting the rider control the height of the broom. I'm not sure how the speed would work, but if I understand magnetic propulsion right, it should move forward by itself. Is there any way i could get it to where the rider could control the speed? And also, I'm assuming this will cost way more than I can afford, so at the moment it is all hypothetical.

Asked by ALogan97 7 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How long is a Flying V guitar?

If anyone happens to have a Flying V guitar/bass, how long is the body from the very bottom of one of the "wings" to where it meets the neck? I'm going to build an electric bass, and I have all the dimensions except for that.

Asked by ItsTheHobbs 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what do you think about the religion Flying Spaghetti Monster aka fsm and pastafarianism

What do you think about the religion flying Spaghetti Monster and pastafarianism please be kind with your comments I am a supporter and all flaming comments will be flagged

Posted by wonton 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Flying car idea

I was thinking about building a flying car that would have most wingspan hidden under the car (pops out when activated) and the doors would be the tips. (What used to be the back doors would roll over van-style, and the back would otherwise be covered by sheet metal) In the back, there would be two vertical rudders and the spoiler would be cut into flaps for horizontal rudders. The thing would overall be powered by two helicopter jet engines. Once the flight system is activated, the gear shift (auto trans) would turn into the throttle, and the gas/brake pedals would turn into the rudder pedals. The idea is to make a flying car that still (when wings are stowed and trunk cover is closed) looks like a normal car. The question: is this possible?

Asked by red.baron 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can i make a simple wind tunnel apparatus for measuring lift? Answered

I am making a wind tunnel from a fan, some cardboard, duct tape, cups and K'nex to help me design flying machines. How can i make something for measuring lift on a wing about 4 inches long? Also, would it be best to test lift and stability with low, medium or high winds.

Asked by aar0nc0le 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can we fight back Big Brother?

Conoy Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; is voting to avoid flying surveillance remote controlled aircrafts above their skies. In a time when the United States government approves the use of drones to spy on the civilian population, I have found interesting how people are responding. This municipal ordinance definitely will not stop the use of drones on this area if deemed necessary for our national security but I wonder if this could be the start of a trend.

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Finally got my print delivered

I've attached all the photos to my make it real challenge instructable.

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Robot Pegasus design possible? Answered

Ok, so I have another idea that will most likely never get anywhere due to my lack of funds/it not being possible.           What if I made a magnetic track somewhat like a maglev and had a robotic pegasus with electromagnets in its feet. It would also be an ornithopter to get it farther than a few inches off the ground. I would have the magnetic track to have it hover a few inches off the ground for about a minute before and after takeoff to make it less likely to crash on landing and give a minute to text the mayor to not worry about any upcoming pegasus sightings above or around town before taking off.           What kind of horsepower engine would I need to power the wings enough to get sufficient lift (at least 15-20 feet)? And would the electromagnet buffer before landing be significant enough to at least lessen the impact so it doesn't maim/kill you if you crash?           The electromagnets don't seem to me like they would work, but it would still be fun just to hover it to show it off without flying up 20-30 feet and worry about falling. Also, would it make it too heavy to fly if I put in an extra motor to make it walk/run so it doesn't have to be flying to move? I don't really expect this to be within my budget, but it would still be cool.

Asked by ALogan97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Reliant Robin Space Shuttle!

I've never heard of it, but apparently BBC makes a Mythbuster-esque show called Top Gear.Anyways someone sent me a video of them turning a Reliant Robin (that funky 3 wheeled car) into a working Space Shuttle. Funny as heck, thought ya'll might enjoy it. Original vid: (won't let me imbed)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b4WzWFKQ20Flight video:

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Heavy aerial lift quadcopter?

Hi, I am in a local competition where they are asking for a quadcopter that can lift a box of lead. The box weigh's 25kg. Yes, you read that right 25 kg. The rules state that it must be a quadcopter and it must fit in a meter by meter by meter cube. This limits the prop size to 500mm diameter unless the height of the blades is different so they overlap. I would prefer not to do this. each rotor must lift 7000 grams (payload + weight of quad). I have been using this thrust calculator : http://personal.osi.hu/fuzesisz/strc_eng/ and according to it a 500mm (20") at 4.5" pitch (I just put that as standard) will need to spin at 6000 RPM to produce 7.12 kg of thrust. It also says it will need an 800 Watt motor. I plan on using these motors http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__24433__NTM_Rotor_Drive_450_Series_1700KV_930W.html. They are 930 watts and 1700kv. they run on a 6s lipo. A 6s lipo is 22.2 volts. 22.2 X 1700 = 37,740. 37,740 RPM is the theoretical speed of the motor. I only need 6000 RPM. 37,740 / 6000 = about 6. so the motor has an 8 tooth gear on it and the prop has a 42 tooth gear on it. This makes a roughly 6:1 ratio to slow down and power up the rotor. The motor is 30A constant current, 42A burst. The ESC will be this one http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__25366__Turnigy_Multistar_45_Amp_Multi_rotor_Brushless_ESC_2_6S.html and the battery will be this two of these: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__9176__Turnigy_5000mAh_6S_20C_Lipo_Pack.html.          When I started writing this I had a question that I answered myself but now I just want to know if you see any faults with this. PS, the winner of the competition is the one who can hover the longest. I also want to do it for as cheap as possible

Asked by monty324 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago



how to fix the broken pins of fly-back transformer?

I have broken the primary & secondary coil pins of a fly-back transformer and i need to repair it. can anyone help?

Asked by ferraririder123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


flying taser

I'm working on a flying tazer and have everything primed and perfect, but i can't figure out how to shoot the thing!!!!!1 along the lines of springs, compressed air, or electricity ( coilguns )please...

Posted by instructa-fan 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


can dc motor make a rc plane fly?

Asked by RcMaKeR 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Does anyone have any ideas on building a DIY flying machine?

When I say 'flying machine', I mean I want to be able to relatively safely take off from the floor, fly, and land the thing, preferably sans death. I think my best bet would be something simple, not easily achieved, I'm aware, but still, any ideas guys?

Asked by paradoxdetected 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How to build a flying remote controlled device?

It should be able to fly about 80 odd feet and possibilties for 360 degree movements and should be relatively cheap to build.

Asked by bhavinmehta 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


what can i do to make time fly by ?

Asked by 19jacob.brister 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How do you make a flying knex helicopter? Answered

Asked by TomCat1 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


old Monster Fly Back transformer!

Old Monster Fly Back transformer! I have one old school fly back transformer, This thing is three times the size of a normal fly back. I think it is worth about 3 fly backs, because I really don't think I can find another this size the cost should be $30 If you don't think its worth the cost, I'll just junk it and use it on one of my other projects, you just can't find too many old CRT transformers any more, just newer smaller ones. you can leave me a comment or send me an email. the fly back is a little dusty.

Posted by inductionheat! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


FSM Hat

Check out this awesome FSM hat! Good stuff. My craft to-do list is getting too long.

Posted by canida 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago