The art theme for 2016’s Burning Man was Da Vinci’s Workshop. I was particularly excited with this theme because I knew it would bring out even a greater number of mechanical-related builds, projects and art pieces to the event. But more so, this theme provided me
an excuse a reason to finally build something that I had been thinking about for some time.
I had always wanted to place a rotor (think helicopter) on a bike (or better yet, trike), which would spin when the rider pedaled. This project seemed to fit nicely with 2016’s Burning Man art theme. On top of that, I had recently retaken possession of the Torker Trike. How could I not build this?
Hence the build that came to be known as Da Vinci’s Flying Machine.