Larry Neal’s Super Sky Cycle

Posted By on February 16, 2006

Larry Neal, Inventor
Thanks to EAA friend Mark Keener and his scrutiny of all things aviation, a video clip of Larry Neal flying his Super Sky Cycle was brought to my attention (posted at end, or right-click/save as for H.263 clip) — its an interesting flying motorcycle prototype nearing kit production. I know what you’re thinking, “But Rich, the media has been telling us about these kind of things for decades, why is this any different?” Maybe its not, but on the surface it looks pretty good.

The Super Sky Cycle design by Larry Neal was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,978,969 on Dec. 27 2005, and will help open the door to technology protection in regards to his rotocraft. What’s particularly unique is that this motorcycle looking ‘flying machine’ is that he has a patent that covers a “fly-drive vehicle with a folding rotor shaft and a transmission to power either the drive propeller or wheels.” According to Neal, “The problem with flying cars in the past was what to do with the wings once you were on the ground. With a “fly-drive” gyroplane, just fold the rotor blades and drive on down the road. Using rotor blades for the wings of a flying car makes the fly-drive Super Sky Cycle a new kind of vehicle.”

Larry Neal and investors in ButterflyLLC, plan to market their “fly-drive” vehicle as an experimental kit. In a press statement that explains a few of the component that are incorporated in the Super Sky Cycle. It is powered by a Rotax 582 engine (commonly used in a variety of Ultralight Aircraft) and uses a three-blade 60-inch propeller and an unpowered folding rotor blades for lift. Although this patented flying motorcycle is based on the Monarch Butterfly experimental aircraft, the Super Sky Cycle has just recently made its maiden flight. (December 23, 2005) Neal’s new fly-drive vehicle is capable of flying as slow as 20 mph, cruises at 50 mph using half throttle, and tops out at 65 mph. It has been designed to land in about 20 feet and when folded will fit in a standard garage.

I’m slowly progressing on a plans based experimental airplane project myself (Sonex), and like all aviation enthusiast continue to admire almost all personal flying machines. In my blog I’ve enjoyed commenting 1930’s aircraft which have similarities to Larry Neal’s projects, like the Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro, or pondering the vision of a company designing the AMV-211 concept. It is interesting to monitor and contemplate what the future of personal aviation has to offer.

Want to know what Larry Neal is planning next? All one has to do is to see what on the workshop table. (ie. a two-place Super Sky Car!)
Super Sky Car Prototype
For those of you thinking about attending “Sun’n Fun” fly-in at Lakeland, Florida (April 4-10), be sure to say hello to Larry Neal and check out his Super Sky Cycle. BTW … he plans on demonstrating it in both flying and driving modes.

Larry Neal and his Super Sky Cycle – WFAA News Clip[gv data=”http://www.myarchive.us/av/060213_flying_motorcycle425.mov” width=”425″ height=”320″][/gv]

Comments

  • Bob Anderson

    Hello Larry.

    Would you please bring me up to speed as to where you are in
    production. When ready to be sold. Is a sport license required?
    Kit assembly time etc,etc. Very interested. All avalible info requested please.
    Feel free to call. 888-613-5252

    Bob Anderson

  • I’m not sure Larry reads my blog Bob … nevertheless, I do know that he demonstrated at Sun-n-Fun and had his aircraft at Airventure 2006 last week. I’ll post something if I hear more from my guys at http://www.eaa284.org when they get back to town. (we had at least four members in Oshkosh)

  • Ray

    Hi, I love this product and I’m very interested in buying one. Can you put me in touch with the company? Thanks.

  • wayne wofford

    Hi, I’d be inerested in learning more and the possibly of buying one of these also.
    Thanks
    WW

  • You can contact Larry Neil or one of his associates through the website:
    http://www.thebutterflyllc.com/

  • Becky Davis

    I love the idea of this My husband and I have been bikers for 35 years and are real interested in more information. Please send to hotwheelsbe@yahoo.com
    Thank You

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