Czechs present bicycle that can fly

Three Czech companies teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight, June 12, 2013, (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek)
Three Czech companies teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight, June 12, 2013, (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek)

PRAGUE (AP) — Is it a bike? Is it a plane?

Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight.

Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 95 kilograms (209 pounds). It has two battery-power propellers in the front, two in the back and one each on the sides.

A dummy rode in the saddle.

Milan Duchek, technical director of Duratec, a bicycle frames maker, says more powerful batteries will be needed before a human takes a two-wheeled flight.

In Portland, researchers at PSU are launching a program to offer e-bikes to 120 people in Portland this summer and track how they’re used. The approach is to increase cycling commuters rather than turn cyclists into e-bikers.

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