Al Marsh

Flying motorcycle for Christmas?

December 2, 2013 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

PAL-VHere’s something no one on your list will have, especially since the PAL-V company isn’t delivering it yet. (I have an inquiry out to the company, and will update here as needed.) It’s the PAL-V Helicycle that is a roadable gyrocopter. When I wrote about it in 2012 it went only 68 miles per hour, but now it appears in the current Hammacher Schlemmer catalog as capable of 112 mph. Also, it was $250,000 when I reported on it a year ago, but the new price is $295,000 (that includes $6,770 in training and the rest must be a price increase). The company says it really doesn’t know anything about the gyrocopter and interested customers should contact the Netherlands company. (Hmm, I reported it as a French company in 2012.) Polite Hammacher Schlemmer reps won’t tell you on the phone the name of the company or where it is, but their Web advertisement includes a video that clearly announces the company name. The catalog ad says it weighs 1,499 pounds when it is a motorcycle. It claims you’ll need a sport pilot certificate to fly it, which no doubt will be yanked when the FAA discovers it weighs more than the 1,320 pounds allowed by the light sport aircraft category. When you Google the helicycle name, up comes a single-seat helicopter kit made by Eagle R&D in Nampa, Idaho. A representative there said they have no ties to the Netherlands (French?) company. Here are additional media photos.

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8 Responses to “Flying motorcycle for Christmas?”

  1. Donald S Brant Jr Says:

    The “PH” prefix on the tail number in the photo would indicate Netherlands registry of the aircraft pictured.

  2. Manduca Says:

    Yes, it is Dutch. It is based on the Carver motorcycle (which is also Dutch). There website is http://pal-v.com/.

    The “sports license” should probably be read with Europe in mind, indicating that a PPL (or a Dutch RPL (recreational pilot license) is needed.

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