SKYRUNNER’S UTV-LIKE VEHICLE THAT FLIES!
If you want an off-road vehicle that really stands out, you need to to know about SkyRunner’s UTV-like vehicle that flies. It’s an off-road machine that’s also an FAA-approved aircraft capable of flying more than 120 miles. SkyRunner markets the machine as a light sport aircraft rather than a UTV because of the many regulations related to official UTV designation, but UTV enthusiasts are sure to be impressed by its off-road and off-ground abilities.
The machine uses an 89-horsepower Polaris ProStar 1000 engine for power on the ground, which gives the SkyRunner a 70-mph top speed on land. A turbocharged, 1211cc, 115 horsepower, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder Rotax engine powers the machine in the air for a 40-mph top speed during flight. Even with the two engines, the SkyRunner weighs only 1220 pounds.
UTV FRAME OR AIRFRAME?
This 65-inch-wide, 2WD, two-seat vehicle has tandem seating and double-A-arm suspension front and rear with piggyback-reservoir Fox shocks. The chromoloy steel chassis and carbon fiber bodywork keep weight down to 1220 pounds, about 300 pounds less than a typical 2-seat UTV. When not in use, the parachute-like wing stows behind the rear seat. Without the wing, the machine looks much like a normal UTV in most respects, though the rear-mounted propeller could be vulnerable to damage in rough off-roading.
SkyRunner vehicles need only 450 feet of open area to take off, and you don’t need to take off and land at airports. A sport pilot license is required to fly it, which requires 8 days and 12 hours of flight training. Sport pilots can legally and safely use 98 percent of U.S. airspace without having to talk to air-traffic controllers (ATC). The SkyRunner looks like an interesting way to enjoy flying and conquer off-road terrain, and if you like driving—or flying something you don’t see every day—the vehicle’s $230,000 price should provide the exclusivity you’re after. The price includes delivery inside the U.S., a spare-parts kit, pilot training, support, and videos and tutorials. For more information, visit www.flyskyrunner.com.
Ground engine 999cc liquid-cooled, 8-valve,
DOHC inline 2-cylinder
Flight engine 1211cc liquid/air cooled, 8-valve
OHV opposed 4-cylinder
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ rev.
Drive system 2WD
Front Dual A-arm/10”
Rear Dual A-arm/10”
Fuel capacity 16 gal.
Tire sizes: f/r 29×10-14/29×10-14
Dry weight 1,220 lb.
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