A Helicopter of One’s Own – NYTimes.com.

If we had our own personal mini-helicopters that were almost as easy to fly as cars are to drive, and we could take off from our backyards, soar over the traffic and peer down at the earthbound masses, trudging along below.

That would be cool.

As it turns out, the European Union is making plans for that very thing. Six research institutions across Europe are studying the feasibility of small commuter helicopters, helped along by a $4.7 million grant from the European government in a project dubbed “MyCopter.”..