The Korean Air Force Academy, South Korea has developed a pedal powered airplane. Named the Sky Runner, the plane has a very lightweight construction, and weighs in at a mere 39.9 kilos. Made of glass fibers, Styrofoam and plastics, Sky Runner has a wingspan of 30 meters.
During a recent test run, the Sky Runner was able to fly for nearly 100 meters to 150 meters, while staying 1.5 meters to 2 meters above the ground. To make the plane fly, the pilot has to pedal and generate 0.3 hp. The pilot functions as the only energy source for the airplane.
The Korean Air Force Academy has spent $290,000 and more than a year on the project. Pedal powered aircrafts, though they may sound interesting aren’t about to crowd the skies or take transatlantic trips. The Sky Runner is a step in South Korea’s efforts to create an unmanned solar powered aircraft for the future.