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Talos Perdix Ornithopter Design


Ornithopter: A machine designed to fly by means of flapping wings (Oxford Dictionary).



Ornithopters will be the vehicles of choice for future generations.

What we do

We publish the quarterly newsletter: Flapping Wings.


It covers the work of amateurs and professionals regarding the latest ideas, developments, and items of interest with regard to Ornithopters. ​


We also teach the latest theory and ideas on 'big size' ornithopters with our Elements of Ornithopter Design course.


A brief note from the course can be found by clicking the Course Note tab in the navigation box above.


​​We try to change these Course notes every week.





Current situation

Airplanes have been around for more than 100 years, but ornithopters are relatively new.


Our aims

We aim to advance the understanding of ornithopter theory, their flight and construction. We believe this will lead to 'manned' ornithopters becoming popular vehicles of choice for future generations (i.e., the next century, and beyond).


(Naysayers, click here. Soothsayers, click here.)


Affordable 'manned' ornithopters costing less than a motor car, and capable of being flown by most of us, is our aim. If you share our dream of 'manned' ornithopters that can be flown as easily as driving a motor car, with the versatility of the birds in being able to take-off and land from virtually anywhere, then please tell your friends of our endeavours.


It needn't be expensive

It will soon be possible to use solar cells on the wings to charge batteries that will power these 'manned' ornithopters. This will make flight inexpensive because the fuel (sunlight) is free. Also, the maintenance of a personal ornithopter can be carried out by the owner just like the maintenance of a bicycle.


The longest flight using human power

The longest flight using human power was carried out in 1988 by Kanelos Kanelopoulos (a Greek cycling champion), when he flew a fixed-wing aircraft from Crete to the island of Santorini, a distance of 71 miles in under four hours. His aircraft was named Daedalus, in commemoration of a Greek mythological flight from Crete to Santorini


However, no one has flown a human powered ornithopter that can fly like a bird, unassisted, from the ground up. We aim to change this, in addition to creating battery powered 'manned' ornithopters, through our Elements of Ornithopter Design course.


The Elements of Ornithopter Design course

If you'd like to receive an Introductory chapter to the course, click on the email link below and include your name, and postal address* (essential).


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