So this video was uploaded on April 1st (*danger! danger!*) but we've known of the Pal-V for a few years and we'll assume for the moment that the Dutch company was not aware of the risk in uploading a video of a flying car on April Fool's Day. The Pal-V, which stands for Personal Air and Land Vehicle, is actually more of a driving autogyro than a flying car, but it can drive like a car, and it can also fly, so we are definitively on board.
An autogyro is an old idea--it uses an unpowered rotor on the top of the vehicle, but it's not like a helicopter, which generates lift by blasting air downwards with it. Instead, power is provided by a smaller propellor at the rear, and the top rotor is used for pitch and yaw, more like a glider. (That also means if your power goes out, you can glide slowly to the ground.) The Pal-V, a small, one-person autogyro that also drives sort of like a three-wheeled motorcycle, leaning into turns, has been around for a few years, but it just completed and post the video of its first flight. The video:
Exciting. By far the most practical and good looking air/road vehicle ever developed. Unlike the terrafuga that looks like a death trap. Success to the company. I buy one if i could afford it.
Gyrocopters are very easy and forgiving to fly,and cheap to maintain.I don't understand why they aren't in much more common use.Google Carter Aviation to see what a modern autogyro can do.
It's too bad they blew up Altair IV we could have had the technology to power any kind of anti-gravity flying machine using the 40-mile by 40 mile power source of the Krell. Imagine the wonders of our world if we had their knowledge. Of course, the Id would be a terrible force in the power of Islamic fundamentalists!
i want!! wonder what the insurance will be?
Very cool but I don't really want one and neither do I want to see thousands of these on the roads and in the air. I'm just not getting the point of this type of vehicle. Also, I don't understand how you could possibly certify such a vehicle for our typical roads. Surely not many places would let you take off from a public road!
As I said, it's pretty cool and for that matter so is a simple gyrocopter but how many people do you know that would ever fly one? It seems to be more a novelty like those fancy sports car/speed boats.
Yeah, it's cool and all, but I don't think it is really practical, even if they refined it. I don't think hybrid flying cars are the way to go. I think you have cars and then you have flying vehicles that can maybe move slowly around a parking lot or driveway a little. If I wanted to buy a flying vehicle, I certainly wouldn't want it as an attempted hybrid. If I could fly places, why in the world wouldn't I ALWAYS fly? Plus to meet all automobile safety requirements in the US would effectively make a hybrid impossible, at least for for foreseeable future.
First we've got to get to the point of having self-driving vehicles, which technology then goes into flying vehicles. This is the only way that having large numbers of flying vehicles will ever be considered safe enough. Think about it... what if every time you got into a fender-bender your car suddenly sped up to 100 MPH and ran right into a house... noway would that ever be allowed. But if everyone controls their own little flying cars, that's what you have. A slight bump against another vehicle and you careen towards the ground, accelerating to high speeds before hitting something on the ground. So auto-flying is a must.
Next we get the FAA to create a certain designation for these kinds of vehicles and various strata for flying in certain directions, rules about no fly areas, etc. All these rules are fed into the auto-fly computers and serve mainly to preserve order and as additional safety precautions.
Now we need the flying machines. To really be useful they will need to be vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, not cars. Nothing that uses a runway is practical for the masses. You'll get in, tell it where you want to go, and it will rise up and take you there, with no chance of you screwing up. The technology for this kind of thing is almost within reach now. It can certainly be done now for someone with tons of money. But tech for the kind of people who buy fancy sportscars is really only a few years away. After a decade of those, upper-echelon mainstream car buyers would wade in. A decade later a majority of new-car buyers could probably spring for one.
I believe it can be done, but not as hybrid vehicles. It's not that you don't want the best of both worlds... it's that you actually get the worst of both.
I also don't see any real practical reason for a 'flying car'. Too many issues and too few benefits. Maybe for some sort of racing series.
That being said, I'm pretty skeptical of this presentation as well. That whirling blade has precious lttle lifting surface. Carter Aviation, mentioned by Newbeak5 has a wing associated with their machine, as well as the blade.
Perhaps the date is significant after all.
Well, it is a "cool" design. However, as others have commented, a "flying car" has one fundatmental flaw in today's airspace. Many many airports are locked after normal hours, especially the smaller ones. So sure, you can drive, then fly, then drive, but if you aren't a regular and have a security badge/key, then you might be stuck quick awhile at the airport.
Also, all this driving, then flying, then driving takes time. Probably fun, but slow. The best you can do is fly direct, which implies VTOL (Veritcal Takeoff and Landing).
For real adventure, you need amphibious VTOL, so Veritcal Takeoff and Landing on land or water.
The Helodyne (www.Helodyne.com) is an amphibious VTOL with 4 seats, comparable range and speed to a small airplane. The website has a "Driving vs. Flying" page that compares driving, based on Google Maps to flying the Helodyne. Also has comparison charts to helicopters and airplanes and the Terrafugia.
That is a good idea, but will never come main stream. With that open blade on top, what supermarket or family garage can you park that thing and what gas station can you use? Israel has a quadcopter car with all four blades enclosed and can seat a family of five, fit in your home garage and can set down at a supermarket parking lot in two parking slots. It is electric and was designed for the Thorium nuclear battery that will take it over 300,000 land miles.
They have developed a compass system that works on autopilot and a Google Earth GPS system that allows the car to take you to whatever address you tell it and it allows 50 feet above and below the next vehicle in a 360 degree direction. The flying car allows for 100 foot trees and automatically adjusts for mountain ranges. So, we already have a flying family car, but the U.S. will never allow that car come to the states because it will eliminate the need for fossil fuel.
Did you watch the video? The rotors are stowed while driving. Rotated together and enclosed in a cover of some sort.
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"Maybe for some sort of racing series."
That was also the first idea in my mind. Basically, if they really want to popularize these kinds of vehicles, they should set-up international races and make things competitive.
Set up different categories, based on the pilot's fuel efficiency and speed, both for land and in air. Maybe some jump/glide length competition based on short/limited runways, synchronized flight exhibitions, etc, etc.. People need cool dudes to emulate and use as examples in the "right" way of doing things. (such as fuel efficiency, plotting the most efficient flight courses based on the air currents for their local region, etc..)
Secondly, once the most efficient flight paths have been discovered for a particular area, people can then consider these flight paths just like an invisible skyway or freeway. The vehicle's onboard HUD can probably display the mapping of this invisible pathway to their dashboard or to project the image directly on the screen. which the pilot or an onboard automatic pilot can follow the path's "waypoints" towards their target destinations. So that designated flight paths can allow travelers to circumvent traffic or just to provide more scenic routes. (Gliding a few minutes would probably be more fuel/time-efficient than getting stuck in hours of traffic)
Actually, this vehicle might very well be street legal in America, primarily because it has only three wheels. I believe that vehicles with three wheels aren't required to meet certain safety requirements that all 4-wheel vehicles in America are required to meet, because they are treated as motorcycles. That is why the Morgan 3-Wheeler can be sold in America, while all other Morgans can't.
That being said, it's practicality as a vehicle is limited because it can only carry one person, and again runways are scarce. What are the rules/regulations regarding landing on unofficial runways?
I doubt the sky will be blackened by these machines.I saw on another website they will run $330-400K.Carter Aviation's gyros use a weighted tip rotor system that allows very efficient and fast cruising flight.Autogyros can land almost vertically with almost no roll,so are more versatile than fixed wing aircraft.As well,engine power can be diverted to the rotor in some models allowing jump take-offs like a helicopter.This technology has never been given a fair shake IMHO.
We have been toying with gyrocopters for close to 100 years. The Post Office even flew them from the tops of buildings.
Dunno why they don't have more of a following.
This is more of a way to fly to someplace and move about. I guess it assumes the airport you are going to doesn't a rental car.
These can land in some pretty odd places. In landing it may be as low as 50 feet so pretty tight.
I can't afford $300K. I'd get a plane for that.