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

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?



4 years ago

hi, yes i think that i have samthing, that may by working i am looking to find sameone who will like to start this idea that i have for a flying vehicle . guys if you know samthing i will by happy to see this idea coming tru..if you know samthing let me know!!


6 years ago

autogyro seems the right thing 4 me but guys i have aproplem in where do i find the engine 4it since am in sudan

one good source for info and parts/materials is www.aircraftspruce.com !

th' single most expensive item for a powered ultralite is going to be th' engine and prop !

The guys on Junkyard Wars (aka Scrapheap Challenge) made a very serviceable hovercraft out of styro sheets and a couple of leaf blowers, IIRC.  They also made airplanes at one point, but "safe" is not a word I would use to describe those, and they didn't work very well anyway.

Between that one and Mythbusters, I need no other TV shows ever.

The British Aeroplane not only took off, but did circuits of the airfield. The <ahem> American and French entries just sort of hopped around

I cite from the Wikipedia....

Wright Brothers re-enactment

For the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Brothers, Scrapheap presenter (Robert Llewellyn) and the Junkyard Wars presenters (Karyn Bryant and Tyler Harcott) hosted an episode that had teams from Great Britain, the United States of America and France compete to try to build a plane that could fly.

Instead of the usual time, each team was given 20 hours to build their plane. With health and safety in mind, each was given a propeller and an engine to help build their plane. Another difference between this challenge and the usual was that the teams used period tools to build their planes. Normally "kit built" aircraft need a minimum of 500 hours build time to be certified by the FAA as airworthy whereas these aircraft were certified as airworthy and all carry a US registration.

The clear winners were the British who created a plane with an estimated flight time of twelve minutes.

Depends on your budget - for cheap you can build an ultralight plane, or if you want to get really adventurous you can try your hand at building/operating a peroxide/kerosine jetpack.

Hang-glider .... or hot-air-balloons... are pretty safe now-a-days. nice hobbies too.  I suspect the guys who do those kinds of things are a friendly sort, and would help you get started in either of those hobbies.