Canada, and that was when his “flying motorbike” fantasy became more of a reality.
Despite his enthusiasm, Zhao’s road to success was by no means smooth. He experienced c
ountless failures while trying to make the manned aircraft airborne during 1,559 flight tests. Zhao eve
n had to sell his apartment and borrow money from friends in order to continue his project.
He named the drone Jindouyun, or “Magic Cloud”, which was a flying cloud used
by fictional superhero Monkey King, a character from the Chinese classic Journey to the West.
He claims the lithium-battery-powered scooter can spend up to 30
minutes in the air, has a top speed of 72 kilometers per hour and can reach a height of 3,000 meters.
Zhao believed that the manned drone could prove to be an effectiv
e solution to ease traffic congestion, as well as for use by the fire departments or security forces.