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This Is The World's First Practical Flying Car
Business Insider ^ | 06/10/2013 | Kyle Russell

Posted on 06/10/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The idea of a flying car has fascinated dreamers and aviation geeks alike since humans first got off the ground with powered flight.

The concept has obvious advantages: the "go anywhere, anytime" freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis.

Featured in movies like Back to the Future and Blade Runner, this mode of transportation has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction due to the complexity of the drivetrain required and the training that would be needed to operate such a vehicle.

Now, a company called Terrafugia has put forward their vision for a practical flying car. Using electric-gasoline hybrid technology from the cutting edge of the automobile industry and autopilot technology adopted from the aviation industry, the company thinks they have what's needed to bring a flying car to the mass market.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: aerospace; automakers; aviation; flight; flyingcar; invention
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To: SkyDancer

This could be fun!


51 posted on 06/10/2013 9:22:16 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is an aviation neighborhood near Mooresville, NC (I’m sure there are others around the country) .... It’s a huge runway that also acts as the road the the residences on both sides. All of the homes have private hangers attached to them.

35.613615, -80.739533 ...if you want to see it


52 posted on 06/10/2013 9:29:48 AM PDT by lwd
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To: pabianice

I’d like to learn to fly a chopper.


53 posted on 06/10/2013 9:54:50 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: SeekAndFind

54 posted on 06/10/2013 9:55:34 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Surf music is the naked truth)
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To: pabianice
using a 5,000 foot runway

That is the old model, the TF-X, is different, as the article describes.

it relies on the skills of a helicopter pilot to fly

No.

Learning how to safely operate a TF-X™ vehicle should take an average driver no more than five hours.

Take-off, Landing, avoiding other air traffic, etc is to be automated.

http://www.terrafugia.com/tfx-vision

55 posted on 06/10/2013 10:03:29 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind
That's pretty cool, but those wheels will not survive potholes & the bumpy entrances to businesses. The low ground clearance is a problem, too. That plane will bottom out on traffic calmers. Streets are just not smooth like runways.
56 posted on 06/10/2013 10:13:20 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da
bumpy entrances to businesses.

Democrats in the parking lot will use their car doors to dent the wings or worse. "No fair rich white man!"

57 posted on 06/10/2013 10:30:08 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: central_va

Yeah, I got my private pilot license in a C-150.

Luved that little airplane.


58 posted on 06/10/2013 11:58:00 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Sherman Logan; petercooper

The left lane is NOT the “speed as fast as you can” lane.

It’s the “I’m not exiting soon, nor did I just get on the road, so I’m going to be here a while” lane.


59 posted on 06/10/2013 11:59:56 AM PDT by ro_dreaming (Chesterton, 'Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. ItÂ’s been found hard and not tried')
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To: SeekAndFind

If they have the Chinese manufacture these to make them “more affordable”, I don’t think there’s a cave deep enough anywhere on earth where we’ll be safe.


60 posted on 06/10/2013 6:52:29 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They are over a quarter million and you have to have a pilots licence to fly one.

They have been on the market for over a year.


61 posted on 06/10/2013 6:54:55 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

no one should be allowed to fly one without a pilots license, most people aren’t capable of concentrating on and performing 3 things simutaniously and woulsd be n extreme danger to the public and themselves and other pilots.

I sure dont’t want one of them in the skys with me!!!!


62 posted on 06/10/2013 7:00:59 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’m holding out for the safe, healthy and reliable teleporter.


63 posted on 06/11/2013 2:45:07 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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