Prize money is at stake.
I'm searching for someone near central Texas who has a high power to weight ratio. A 135 pound pilot would have to output 600 watts for 60 seconds. I can change the design to require 500 watts, but there would be other problems. For every 20 pounds heavier you are, your power to weight ratio must be 5% higher. For every 20 pounds lighter you are, your watts/Kg can be 5% less. So a very light pilot would perform better if in equally good shape. I'm looking for someone who rides up steep hills fast, not someone who sprints fast on level ground. I read that professionals can output more than that.
I'd rather do this myself for insurance reasons, but currently can output 500 watts for only 20 seconds, and 350 watts for 60 seconds. I weight 147 pounds, but can probably lose at least 5 pounds of fat. I've done plenty of 5k running in high school and 11 mile rushed bike rides to work after high school, but have been less active the last 2 years. Think I can reach my goal in 3-4 months?
It won't be a real helicopter. It will look more like this:
The current record is 2 feet off the ground and 19 seconds (no prize for them). We need 60 seconds, and temporarily exceeding 10 feet off the ground, to win.
I'm a backyard inventor with some college engineering behind me. I plan to have this built by February or so. I'm doing small scale tests, but the main safety test will be me flying it for 20 seconds while you watch. If I don't crash, then you fly it for 60 seconds. Most engineers say getting 10 feet off the ground will be impossible, but I disagree.
Please hop on a gym bike, put it on a high resistance level, rev it up to a high rpm, and let me know what watts you can output for 60 seconds. Or tell me the calorie reading and I'll convert it. You want at least 33 calories in 60 seconds.
Also be warned that since I still have not found insurance, the whole project might get scrapped later. I just want someone lined up in case I do get insurance and am unable to output that power long enough.