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It's a great concept, but unfortunately on the ground we have idiot drivers and drunks crashing into things. So imagine having them in the sky :O

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Me Want.

For approx. $400,000 and delivery in 2016 (if you get in line first), you can have one. :lol:

It's a great concept, but unfortunately on the ground we have idiot drivers and drunks crashing into things. So imagine having them in the sky :o

 

Yeah, this is definitely a vehicle that needs to have a Breathalyzer interlock.

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They would have to assume the strictest license, so basically everyone who puts one on the road would have to be a licensed pilot also. Ground to air access points added locally.

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They would have to assume the strictest license, so basically everyone who puts one on the road would have to be a licensed pilot also. Ground to air access points added locally.

 

In the U.S. that would not necessarily be the case, if the FAA approved it for use at all. All they would need is a Sport Pilot's license. Not too tough a bar to cross.

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It's a great concept, but unfortunately on the ground we have idiot drivers and drunks crashing into things. So imagine having them in the sky :o

Yeah, that wouldn't end well. I spend a lot of time driving around and you'd be surprised what I've seen.

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Awesome.  Maybe there will be a tenable flying car in my lifetime.

 

When I was a kid my best friend got a Testors airplane that you could fly around in circles by holding a tether.  He let me have a go at it and I (unintentionally) nosedived it into the ground, munching one of the wings and busting the propeller before I could even make a single revolution.  (I was always breaking his toys--he must have really liked me or liked getting new toys after I broke the old ones, who knows).

 

Anyway, I expect my experience with something like this would be about the same.  Either that or I'd get rear-ended the first time I took it out on the street.

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Neat. Would be very limited with where one could takeoff and land unless you live and work in the country.

 

Wonder how fast it is? Much faster than a car at 75mph on the freeway?

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Wonder how fast it is? Much faster than a car at 75mph on the freeway?

 

According to the news it can do 110-120 MPH on both the road and in the air. And it flies as slow as 30 MPH. That's slow enough for me to crash land in my back yard. :ph34r:

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Lovely...  I can hardly WAIT to see these in Miami...   

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Because it's a 3 wheeled vehicle, the first license requirement in the U.S. is a motorcycle license.

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Interesting concept, but I do have to wonder about training, licensing, insurance, and safety for people on the ground and in the air.  It's sad to say, but odds are someone, somewhere, in the presence of their friends would utter the phrase "hold my beer and watch this."  :drinks::vava:

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I wonder if you're clear to fly over any terrain on that one, or it's suggested you always follow a road, in case anything happen with the engine, etc.

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I thought that autogyros have a particularly bad safety record though it isn't a result of design flaws. Bunting is something that would worry me about these things. I'm not sure how easily or quickly by a bunt over happens, but I don't like the idea of complete and unrecoverable loss of control.

 

Given the cost of these things and the training required, I doubt we will be seeing many incidents of DWI. I reckon, no more than we'd see in aviation today.

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Wow, I'm going to trade my '86 Olds for one!

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In the U.S. that would not necessarily be the case, if the FAA approved it for use at all. All they would need is a Sport Pilot's license. Not too tough a bar to cross.

As a GA pilot/ PP-SEL, would you need a Rotorcraft certificate/ endorsement or just a check out by an instructor?

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In the U.S. that would not necessarily be the case, if the FAA approved it for use at all. All they would need is a Sport Pilot's license. Not too tough a bar to cross.

 

Regarding the US, I think the FAA will be the easier department to deal with.  They will also have to get certification from DOT and NHTSA.  I, for one, would love to see the crash test video of that thing.

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Yes, I remember seeing this when it was first posted...

 

...two years ago! :lol:

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That's not my idea of a flying car.  When I first dreamed of one (many years ago), I didn't envision a motorcycle / helicopter.  I envisioned a "car".....looks like a car, smells like a car, it IS a car.  It's a car like you and I know, ONLY...it can fly.

 

Stan

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Tom, save up your pennies! According to this, this "flying motorcycle" will be available in 2016:

 

Flying Motorcycle Deliveries To Start in 2016

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Flying-Motorcycle-Deliveries-to-Start-in-2016222332-1.html

 

The PAL-V ONE, a roadable gyrocopter or flying motorcycle—take your pick—has announced that it will make its first deliveries in 2016. Made by PAL-V Europe NV, based in Raamsdonksveer in the Netherlands, the two-place PAL-V ONE (PAL-V stands for Personal Air and Land Vehicle) uses a 230-HP engine to turn a pusher prop—the main rotor autorotates to provide lift. Top speed on land or in the air is 112 MPH. Flight range is claimed to be 315 miles with a fuel consumption of 9.5 GPH—ground range is said to be 750 miles at 28 MPG. Conversion between modes is reported to take 10 minutes and takeoff distance is claimed to be 540 feet. Orders are currently being taken only in the Netherlands; however, the company said it intends to expand internationally this fall at a price of $395,000.

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$400k!?

Man, forget that, I'd get me a shiny Arancio Argos Lamborghini Aventador for that much.

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