By David Ponce
Save a lot of money. Around $20,000 to be exact. Then, buy a scooter. Make sure it’s a Honda Reflex. I don’t know how much that is, but that’s not the point.
Then, get in touch with the good folks at Flite Bike and get their conversion kit. It’s pretty much just a parachute and a big fan. Then, once you’ve spent a good amount of time making the conversion, you’ll have a scooter you can either drive… or fly, to work.
Steering on the ground and in the air is done by using the handlebars. On the road, the standard throttle and braking system are used on the bike; in the air, the throttle is operated by a lever on the side of the bike (similar to that used on the Buckeye powered parachute). The unit uses a standard Buckeye powered parachute canopy, which is capable of carrying the 550-pound Flite Bike assembly and a 250-pound pilot with fuel for 2 1/2 hours of flight time.