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Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies
http://www.physorg.com ^ | 04-03-2012 | Staff

Posted on 04/03/2012 11:22:06 AM PDT by Red Badger

Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday.

The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres (315 miles) at an altitude of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres).

When it lands, it tucks away its rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres.

"In future, you will be able to drive from home to the airport, take off, land and then drive to your destination in one go," said Robert Dingemanse, chief executive of the company, also called PAL-V.

"The successful maiden flight of the PAL-V protoype was conducted at a Dutch Air Force base last month," added the head of the company, based in Raamsdonksveer near the eastern city of Nijmegen.

"It will revolutionise the era of personal air travel," said Jacco Hoekstra, dean of the aerospace faculty at Delft Technical University, which with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory cooperated on the project.

"Before, air travel was mainly based on public transport," Hoekstra said. "Now it will become a lot more personal -- you will simply be able to walk out your door, drive to a small airfield and fly away."

If the PAL-V sounds like the perfect getaway vehicle from a traffic jam, there is a hitch -- it requires 165 metres of runway to take off, 30 metres to land and can only be flown from airports.

For more than a century inventors have been trying to combine cars and planes, and several companies have joined the race to make the first commercially-produced "flying car."

US-based firm Terrafugia said Monday they had successfully tested their own street-legal plane called the the "Transition."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: automobile; aviation; flying; jetsons

A test pilot lands the Personal Air and Land Vehicle PAL-V following a test flight in 2009. Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday.

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In development since 2008, the first commercial models of the arrow-shaped PAL-V are expected to go on sale in 2014 at 250,000-300,000 euros ($330,000-$400,000), Dingemanse told AFP.

1 posted on 04/03/2012 11:22:10 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I’m sure at that price they will sell nearly as well as the Volt.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 11:25:45 AM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: Red Badger

If it’s driven by that rear-mounted propeller, that could add a little drama to the process of backing out of a parking space...


3 posted on 04/03/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: texson66

If it sold as well as the Volt, I’m sure they would be overjoyed.....................


4 posted on 04/03/2012 11:31:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Hunton Peck

No need for a backup alarm...........


5 posted on 04/03/2012 11:32:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

Very cute! And, in the right color.


6 posted on 04/03/2012 11:32:43 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Red Badger

I don’t see a drivetrain for the wheels so I’m assuming the rear prop provides the thrust for road travel?


7 posted on 04/03/2012 11:33:34 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SuzyQue

I like sapphire blue, myself..........


8 posted on 04/03/2012 11:33:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Huskrrrr

Most likely.............


9 posted on 04/03/2012 11:35:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: texson66

Very cool...I want one! Pricey, though...Made from 100% pure Expensitanium, no doubt...

Unfortunately, until and unless the people who build ‘em can afford to buy ‘em (ala Henry Ford) it’ll just be a toy for the wealthy hobbyist...

Then again, only the wealthy could afford to own and operate the first cars, now everyone can own one...So maybe...


10 posted on 04/03/2012 11:37:00 AM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: Red Badger

Depends on the upholstery.

No, seriously, it looks like serious fun.


11 posted on 04/03/2012 11:37:10 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Red Badger

Anyone that drives that thing, on road, at 112 MPH deserves to hit a pothole on the front wheel and plaster themselves into the nearest deadly stationary object. NO way in cowboy hell it is street ready... Take cue from former three wheel ATV manufacturers why don’t you?


12 posted on 04/03/2012 11:38:16 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Hunton Peck

Wonder what it would look like with some Sidewinders hanging off of it.


13 posted on 04/03/2012 11:38:38 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Red Badger

Autogyros have been around since the 1920’s yet have never progressed beyond the experimental stage except for a WWII Japanese prototype that was said to have been used as a submarine hunter.

And then there was “Little Nellie”, the world’s only attack autogyro, in “You Only Live Twice” of 007 fame.

Interesting, though. Also the Benson Gyrocopter which converted an aluminum skiff into a towed autogyro. One of those Popular Science boats of the future, soon to be within reach of all.


14 posted on 04/03/2012 11:43:14 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: texson66

The pricing information is wrong. The cost is about $80k to $95k. I know because there are 2 at our local airport.


15 posted on 04/03/2012 11:43:24 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: NCC-1701

Somewhat less gay.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 11:43:58 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: NCC-1701

17 posted on 04/03/2012 11:46:38 AM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: Hunton Peck

Wonder what it would look like with some Sidewinders hanging off of it.


18 posted on 04/03/2012 11:46:46 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Red Badger

Oops. The pricing I gave is for the version that is not street legal. I don’t think being street legal justifies the expense over the non-street legal version. The non-street legal version can land and take off almost anywhere.


19 posted on 04/03/2012 11:47:19 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: NCC-1701

Sorry for the double post. Having trouble with my post button.


20 posted on 04/03/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Red Badger
"...there is a hitch -- it requires 165 metres of runway to take off..."

Might be able to shorten that up a bit with a good catapult :-)

21 posted on 04/03/2012 11:55:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Red Badger
Obama's environmentally friendly flying car...
22 posted on 04/03/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Red Badger

I had to fly extensively in helicopters in my youth. I was young, stupid and ‘invincible’.

I’ll never again get on a helicopter unless it has wings.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 11:58:31 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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To: NCC-1701

"Cut me off, will you?"

24 posted on 04/03/2012 11:58:56 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Red Badger
The PAL-V:


25 posted on 04/03/2012 11:58:56 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: elcid1970
Autogyros have been around since the 1920’s yet have never progressed beyond the experimental stage except for a WWII Japanese prototype that was said to have been used as a submarine hunter

Actually I think Mitt had one patrolling the 2002 Olympics.

26 posted on 04/03/2012 12:01:52 PM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Gaffer
Actually, the design is based off the Carver. Tricycle motorbike design with a tilting cab. About as street-worthy as your average high-end moped.

Rear wheels are powered via transmission just like any other trike set-up. PTO for the deployed rotorhead.

I've had my eye on this company since first catching wind of them a few years back.

I WANT MY FLYING CAR. I don't care who makes it.

27 posted on 04/03/2012 12:09:36 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"...there is a hitch -- it requires 165 metres of runway to take off..."

Alaska STOL Contest. See it now and believe it later.

28 posted on 04/03/2012 12:09:41 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Red Badger

Yikes, he’s not going to make a three point landing.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 12:50:04 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Gaffer

—Take cue from former three wheel ATV manufacturers why don’t you?—

Did you notice it leans in the curves?


30 posted on 04/03/2012 1:09:46 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Guy in the cockpit(front seat?) looks pretty happy and confident. Bet he is listening to Rush in that headset.


31 posted on 04/03/2012 1:47:13 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

Based on my anecdotal observations of the auto handling ability of the typical “driver”, There is no way I can support allowing them to fly. People who can barely handle two dimensions of motion should not be allowed to add a third.


32 posted on 04/03/2012 2:22:49 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Agreed let folks who read the morning paper ,shave ,drink coffee from a regular mug while in rush hour traffic is just begging for blood gits & feathers to be scattered all over the place.


33 posted on 04/03/2012 2:37:32 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Red Badger

The military is looking at a flying humvee...............

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-10/darpas-flying-humvee-moving-prototype-phase


34 posted on 04/03/2012 2:41:43 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.)
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To: Hunton Peck; RaceBannon

Hold-d-that-parking-space-bump!


35 posted on 04/03/2012 3:52:30 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: cuban leaf

Not worth arguing. 112 MPH? Won’t be on the roads.
Also impractical for the consumer


36 posted on 04/03/2012 3:58:05 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

That must have been a wicked crosswind landing!


37 posted on 04/03/2012 5:01:10 PM PDT by Publius6961 (It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep. - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: Publius6961

If you look at the windsock behind the craft you will notice that there was a pretty good crosswind.

Best regards,
SF


38 posted on 04/03/2012 5:49:41 PM PDT by SwampFoxOfVa
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To: achilles2000

As I flight instructor, I really can’t see the “flying car” evertaking off (pun intended)even if it were only 40K!

It’s difficult enough to teach some to drive a car let alone an airplane!(Just imagine the idiot who cuts you off in auto traffic flying about!)


39 posted on 04/04/2012 4:49:23 AM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: texson66

You’ve identified why the skies wouldn’t resemble a freeway at rush hour, even with inexpensive gyro-planes. If you go to the website or see one fly, however, it is amazing.


40 posted on 04/04/2012 8:07:32 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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