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Chicago, IL – MotoPOD LLC was awarded a grant, from The Wolf Aviation Fund, for their work to advance personal air transportation. The company has developed a patent-pending belly pod that allows pilots to carry a street-legal motorcycle beneath their airplane. After landing, it takes just 90 seconds to remove the motorcycle, unfold the handlebars and ride away. The invention will be displayed next week at the Airventure airshow, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The invention overcomes a century-old problem with James Bond style. President, David Shelton, explains, “Two-thirds of the small airports don’t have ground transportation services, making it tricky to fly places. By combining air and ground transportation, we’re providing pilots with a complete door-to-door solution. It’s much faster, more convenient and fun to boot.” Shelton also added, “We want our customers to visit new places, explore their destinations and travel more conveniently than ever before.”

The Wolf Aviation Fund, which was established in the wills of Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf, funds the most promising individuals and worthy projects that advance the field of general aviation. Rol Murrow, the Fund's Executive Director said, “We are always looking for modest, yet far ranging and unique projects which promise to expand the utility of general aviation aircraft. The MotoPOD eloquently provides the often missing link once a pilot lands at an airport and we hope a new generation of aviators finds it to be a great resource.”

The streamlined pods are constructed from high performance composite materials. They contain a winch system, molded cradles and other components to help load, store and remove the motorcycle. The pods may also be used to haul bicycles, skis and other bulky items. The motorcycles are specially modified to make them lighter, spill proof and foldable. They provide highway performance for two adults, yet quickly fold to store beneath the airplane.

The pods are currently available for the Vans RV-10, a common 4-place kit airplane. The Company is working towards FAA certification and products will soon be available for the Cirrus SR-22, Cessna 182, Diamond DA-42 and other common production airplanes. Belly pods are available for around $8,000 and the company offers a folding motorcycle conversion for about $5,500.


COMPANY INFORMATION

MotoPOD LLC was founded in 2007 to provide pilots with innovative ground transportation solutions. The Company was founded by David Shelton, a young aerospace engineer, pilot and homebuilder. David was an accomplished soaring pilot by the age of 16 and studied aerospace engineering at Penn State University. During school, he developed a $500 ultralight glider and his 30ft WIG (wing in ground effect) vehicle received a $25,000 grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. After school, David worked as a designer and operator of unmanned air vehicle systems before founding MotoPOD LLC at the age of 25.

After completing a study of roadable aircraft, the company chose to follow a fresh approach, based around a capable motorcycle. The first prototype flew beneath an RV-10 on 07.21.08 and attracted crowds at Airventure the following week. It was featured in dozens of aviation magazines, Gizmodo and G4 Television. After another year of refinement and tooling, the company delivered its products to their first customers.

The Company continues to manufacture products for the experimental aircraft market and it has started the certification process to make belly pods available for other common airplanes. The Company is also exploring new products, including a folding electric motorcycle and a swappable aerial sensor pod.

Be sure to see us at: 2010 AirVenture • Oshkosh • Hanger A, Booth #1112. Call 847-651-4373 to schedule a personal demonstration or interview.

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