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Zero founder Saiki plans to get serious air—in a human-powered helicopter.

Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki may still be responsible for input into the company’s motorcycles, but a company press release yesterday said he’s off pursuing another mad endeavour even more unusual than electric motorcycles.

Saiki is re-entering the Igor I. Sikorski Human Powered Helicopter Competition. Saiki first tried to build a human-powered helicopter for the contest as a university student in late 1980s.

After founding his electric motorcycle company in 2006 with his wife in their garage, they’ve grown the company to over 60 employees, hired industry veterans in management and engineering, and considerably strengthened their product base.

With Zero now on solid ground, Saiki can once again set his eyes on the helicopter competition and its $250,000 prize.

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