An Intrepid team of dedicated Canadian aerospace engineers are building a human powered helicopter. This is a device that can fly powered only by the energy that can be generated by the human body. This has been a dream of mankind since the days of Leonardo De Vinci.
An excerpt from the American Helicopter Society International web site…
Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition
“A prize of $250,000.00 is pledged by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., for the first successful controlled flight of a human-powered helicopter that meets all of the requirements of AHS International’s Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. A one minute hovering time and momentarily reaching 3 meters in altitude is required to win the AHS prize.”
This is a great initiative undertaken by the same team that flew the first human powered flapping wing aircraft, so they definitely are genuine rocket scientists in this field.
More information and links to their website can be found at www.aerovelo.com and check out a great video on their previous project.