"Today, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to do just that," said Dr. Moller. "We are announcing that we are opening up the testing of the M400 Skycar to the public, and to join us and participate in the historic Official First Flight," he said.
Dr. Moller stated that with the recent increased horsepower breakthroughs that the company has made to the Skycar's engines, any funds raised during the crowdfunding campaign would specifically be used to complete the installation of the new, higher-power engines and fly the first un-tethered Skycar flight with a pilot on-board.
"We're excited that we've had three companies agree to match a portion of funds raised - dollar-for-dollar, and they've pledged almost
The M400 Skycar is classed as a "Powered-Lift" category aircraft, and is the only civilian aircraft to carry that designation. Moller plans to carry out the Official First Flight in front of the donors and legions of the Skycar's fans, enthusiasts and followers in June of 2014 at a lakeside water park north of
Moller went on: "Our campaign not only allows the pilots flying on-board to make history -but there is an extra added benefit," he said. "There are only a hand-full of pilots in the world with flight time in powered-lift aircraft of any type, and currently, there are none with any time in powered-lift aircraft of this type. We are offering not only the chance to 'log' flight time in the Skycar, but also the chance to make aviation history by being part of the team that tested an air vehicle that is bound for the
Moller stated that the proceeds from the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign would be used to prepare the Skycar for its Official First Flight - off of a tether and to a higher altitude - in contrast to previous tests that were tethered and unpiloted. He also stated that the funds would be used to fly the Official First Flight in front of the public, and any additional funds that might be raised would be used to continue to fly and test the Skycar. The Company wants to be able to fly the Skycar at different events throughout
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