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Fraser
2012-Apr-04, 12:50 PM
We’ve all dreamed of having a flying car, but two companies are working to make this dream a reality. The latest in flying car designs is the Personal Air and Land Vehicle (PAL-V) One, which is advertised as going from high performance sports car to flying car in just minutes. Based in the Netherlands, the [...]

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danscope
2012-Apr-04, 04:04 PM
Most impressive . They know how to get the weight down, and it's aerodynamic qualities seem impressive. And.... you can take it with you. Easily stored and hangared, this may come to fruition sooner than other schemes. I like it.

Best regards,
Dan

swampyankee
2012-Apr-06, 10:31 AM
We need a Molt Taylo (http://www.aerocar.com/)r reference here. His flying car (roadable airplane?) received US CAA (this was before it became the FAA) certification in the early 1940s. He wasn't the first, having been preceded by the Waldo Waterman Aerobile (1937) and Robert Fulton Airphibian (1947) in the US, both of these also receiving CAA certification.

danscope
2012-Apr-06, 09:11 PM
Yes, we have only the promise of such a vehicle. It can fly in the experimental category with some restrictions.
But there may be room for refinement in the design, which if certified would then require modifications to the
certification. But you need a size-able installed base ( a number of vehicles in type ) to make it worth while.
We will see.
But the concept appears to have more merit than other more complex....and expensive schemes.
Small, light, good on gas and easy to build have much to recommend it.

swampyankee
2012-Apr-06, 09:50 PM
Yes, we have only the promise of such a vehicle. It can fly in the experimental category with some restrictions.
But there may be room for refinement in the design, which if certified would then require modifications to the
certification. But you need a size-able installed base ( a number of vehicles in type ) to make it worth while.
We will see.
But the concept appears to have more merit than other more complex....and expensive schemes.
Small, light, good on gas and easy to build have much to recommend it.

There were three of Molt Taylor's Aerocar built under the type's CAA type certificate; these were legally production-certified aircraft. Currently, the aircraft half of the roadable aircraft/flying car design is easier, mostly because most of the aircraft's safety requirements are for the avoidance of crashing as opposed to what happens after crashing. There are fewer pilots than drivers and they tend to be better trained.

danscope
2012-Apr-07, 02:03 AM
Hi, I feel sure that you shall require a private pilot's certificate and medical . No question. And surely it will be required to fly from airstrips and airports. No question. It just makes sense.

Dan

swampyankee
2012-Apr-07, 04:13 AM
Hi, I feel sure that you shall require a private pilot's certificate and medical . No question. And surely it will be required to fly from airstrips and airports. No question. It just makes sense.

Dan

...although I will say that pilots may be well-trained, this does not generally make them better drivers.

danscope
2012-Apr-07, 03:40 PM
I think that the extraordinary cost of this vehicle will prompt the owner to hone his defensive driving skills to a very keen edge indeed.
If there is a vulnerability with any flying car, it must surely be with vandalism, the deliberate destruction of part or parts of a vehicle for no reason other than a malicious, disgruntled and perverted mindset. There's the rub.

Best regards,
Dan

profloater
2012-Apr-07, 04:12 PM
problems are not technical any more but regulatory. If we evolve smarter humans and far less of them, then a logical must-have.

danscope
2012-Apr-08, 08:18 PM
Well, it means employing an active strobe for and aft, prompting the attention of the casual driver that this vehicle demands
some free space and has been recognized "By Law " so as to protect them from collision. We honor ambulances, police vehicles
and wide load and heavy trucks. WE need to carry over that kind of respect to small vehicles and aircraft.
That is our next ambition in transportation I should think.

Best regards,
Dan

JustAFriend
2012-Apr-10, 09:09 PM
List of historic flying cars and roadable aircraft
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_car_(aircraft)#Historic_flying_cars_and_roa dable_aircraft

On a similar note you might want to look at the Army attempts to develop 'flying jeeps':
http://www.vectorsite.net/avplatfm.html
http://jalopnik.com/5588981/flying-jeeps-what-could-possibly-go-wrong

... and still not as crazy as the Russian flying tank!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_A-40