Self-taught inventor Woody Norris, who has created the AirScooter, will begin selling his flying car for $50,000. The AirScooter is capable of flying
"for 2 hours at 55 mph, and go up to 10,000 feet above sea level", can be flown in non-restricted airspace if kept under 400 ft, and will not need a
pilot license to operate. The AirScooter's production seems to go hand in hand with NASA's latest development of their computer system called "The
Highway in the Sky". This system will allow millions the ability to operate their flying machines while taking off and landing just about
The folks at NASA have built something called “The Highway in the Sky.” It's a computer system designed to let millions of people fly whenever
they please, and take off and land from wherever they please, in their very own vehicles.
And here’s the good news -- a lot of people are building machines you’ll be
able to buy.
One of those people is an inventor named Woody Norris. This week, he will receive America’s top prize for invention. It’s called the Lemelson-MIT
award -- a half-million dollar cash prize to honor his life’s work, which includes a brand new personal flying machine. Correspondent Bob Simon
It's called the AirScooter, and self-taught inventor Woody Norris says it goes on sale later this year.
Norris, 66, asked one of his test pilots to demonstrate the AirScooter for 60 Minutes on a hilltop outside San Diego, Calif. It can fly for 2 hours at
55 mph, and go up to 10,000 feet above sea level.
"Look how quickly it stops, hovers, sideways, sideways, straight down," Norris tells Simon.
Everything is controlled from the motorcycle-like handle bar. Push it forward and the two counter-rotating blades pivot forward. Push it back and it
goes back. Norris says you won’t need a pilot’s license if you fly it under 400 feet in non-restricted air space. And he’s going to sell it for
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I remember seeing the AirScooter on TV years ago, and had always wondered when it may go into production. It seemed that affordability would have
been the main reason for the delay, but that seems to be not a problem now, with the vehicle selling for a mere $50,000. Flying cars have always been
a focal point in sci-fi visions of the future, and they now seem to be in the present. In 10 to 15 years, they will begin to hit the general public.
First being used in law enforcement and military avenues, but if successful, the average citizen will get to zip around in one of their own.
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[edit on 18-4-2005 by mpeake]