With the objective of flying into congested areas, the GT is a gyroplane for speed, maneuverability, and short landing-distances. The gyrocopter design makes it possible to glide and land safely in the event of an engine failure. Its rotary wing design was inspired by nature, and has been refined by generations of innovators.
To drive out of congested areas, the GT is a motorcycle for speed and agility on the road. Motorcycle production has produced hundreds of innovations that balance the demands of high-performance with lightweight durable materials.
The Molnar GT is the first proof-of- concept Gyrocycle. It is licensed, registered, smog certified, and insured to be legal on the road and in the air. It was designed and hand built by myself and a bike designer, with help from a machinist, in a bicycle factory in just 7 months. It has been quietly flying and driving since 2005.
An expired patent provides a detailed description of the machine. Just as the mission of a Gyrocycle is well defined, the objective of the Molnar GT is limited to the ability to operate safe and legal in the air and on the road. A key design element that achieves this is the mid-mounted propeller. The entire fuselage of the aircraft runs thru the center of the propeller to provide engine cooling, pitch stability, separation of the propeller and rotor blades.
As with virtually all gyroplanes, the GT is propelled forward by a propeller, and the rotary wing is spun in-flight only by the relative wind created from forward motion. On the road, the rotor blades are easily stored along the side of the bike, allowing all components to be carried on long travels, thus, the “GT” or Gran Tourismo.
Gyroplanes are less complex and more efficient than helicopters. Helicopters regularly cost between $500 and $3000 per hour to operate. Gyroplanes usually require <$40/hr to operate, placing then in league with low-cost homebuilt experimental airplanes.
The Molnar GT incorporates light-weight design and materials out of necessity. Creating a desire for light-weight vehicles is a key element to reducing the impact of travel on the world.