Mon, Aug 31, 2009
Larry Neal has come a long way since December 27th, 2005.
Just days after the first prototype test flights, Neal was awarded
a patent for one of the most unique, innovative gyroplanes out
there in the aviation world: the Super Sky Cycle. Four
years later, Neal premiered the first production Super Sky Cycle to
EAA AirVenture attendees.
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Fully road-registered, the Super Sky Cycle is driven by a 912ULS
100-HP four-stroke engine that can reach 55 mph on the road and
over 100 mph in the air. Neal’s patented foldable rotor
system allows for quick conversion, either for the road or easy
storage in a standard 7-foot high garage, in the matter of
In addition, the Super Sky Cycle also features
Neal’s patented G-Force Landing gear for short landings; with
a parallelogram strut system and long stroke, the Super Sky Cycle
is able to sustain a vertical descent of over 700’ without
damage to the vehicle or injury to the pilot.
Located in the small town of Boyd, Texas, The Butterfly LLC has
been selling kit gyroplanes for years. Once the chief test
pilot for Carter Copter, Neal has pursued his vision of building
the world’s first “flying motorcyle,” since
1984. Now 25 years later, he showcased the result at both EAA
AirVenture and the 69th annual Sturgis Rally.
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