September 2, 2015

My attempts to get my exoskeletal ornithopter (ExOr) built and marketed have bogged down in an endless quicksand of people who don't return my emails and/or phone calls, including; parts and materials suppliers, potential employees, technical universities, a film school, my business adviser/tax preparer, even the investor that paid for the first months of work on the project. If I can write a good enough business plan I might be able to get enough financing to make a go of it, but I can't get the co-operation of people I need information from for the plan, or who I need to commit to working with me if I get financing so i can state in the business plan who'll be working with me and what we'll be doing if I get the financing.

At this point I'm willing to give the entire business away for free (including all the intellectual property rights) to anyone who'll finance and co-manage the first two stages and commit to hiring me to work on it for at least three years for $3000 Canadian per month, ($2400 USD)

The first stage is to build the world's first flying exoskeletal ornithopter prototype, learn to fly it while tethered to a zip line with a bungee cord and a roller, prove that it's very fun and safe, and monetize it by filming all that as an extreme sports documentary and by exhibiting it with aerobatic maneuvers at air shows, exhibitions, and state fairs. cost = $8000 to $10,000 USD, or about as much as a good used car.

The second stage is to build six more ExOrs in various sizes and a dedicated tethered-flight training facility, and monetizing it by charging thrill seekers by the hour to fly and to learn to fly, and selling T-shirts, souvenirs, videos of their flights, meals and snacks. Cost = about $50,000 to $250,000, depending on how nice the facility is, or, less than the cost of a one bedroom apartment in any decent city market.

The third stage is to build several more Flight Centers worldwide and a factory to build ExOr components, to sell thousands of custom-fitted Exors that are assembled in an hour or two while you wait, to compete for the consumer dollars that presently buy recreational machines like motorcycles, quads, and personal water craft, and to take a good chunk of the multi-billion dollar recreational machines industry. Cost to start = a few million, or about as much as a nice new car dealership.

Of course I have a bunch of other great recreational machines and facilities invented for expansion after that.

I've been working on this off and on for over thirty years, and someone is definitely going to do this pretty soon, but now I'm afraid that someone else is going to beat me to it and I won't even be a part of it.

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