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View from the Ptera Hotel

Flying high is about to become a literal reality for the latest attempt in creating exclusive accommodation in the Byron Shire. Hotel consortium Ptera has come up with an innovative way to make sure that they tread lightly on the Earth and avoid undue pressure on the fragile ecosystems in the region’s most sublime locations. 

‘The idea began with our desire to provide the very best vistas that the region has to offer’ explains founder Hugh Janus ‘but we quickly came to realise that the fragile environment that we want to showcase would be degraded with traditional hotel infrastructure’. 

Having assembled a list of angel investors that reads like a who’s who of the shire and an impressive team of aerospace engineers, Janus has been working to make his dream of a flying hotel a reality.

Innovative Technology

The hotel itself is similar to a helicopter on steroids with multiple rotors to lift the massive weight of the fully staffed luxury apartment which would hover above beauty spots in the region. 

‘One of the biggest challenges was the in-flight refuelling’ explains lead engineer Paul Cornu ‘existing air-to-air refuelling mechanisms cannot be used by a stationary helicopter and so we had to come up with something quite special’. Without airborne refuelling it would not be possible to provide an overnight experience for guests, which is at the heart of the concept hotel.

Green Credentials

‘The really nice thing is that we are able to produce all of the aviation fuel sustainably. Sunlight, water and CO2 from the atmosphere are used to synthesise the fuel which makes us totally carbon neutral’

Catering exclusively to the extremely wealthy, the flagship hotel is due to begin operating in late spring this year in a location near you.

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