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Flying Cars; Landing Soon or Already Here?

Old 01-14-2009, 01:17 PM
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Default Flying Cars; Landing Soon or Already Here?

Automobiles that actually fly are taking off everywhere, it seems. Recently we've seen prototypes of cars with fold-up wings, a Parasail-like device with (what looks like) a dune buggy suspended underneath, a saucer-like hovercraft and a couple others that defy simple description.
A search for "Flying Cars" turned up hundreds of articles. Here's a few;
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=3398892
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479167,00.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7821979.stm
http://www.urbanaero.com/Xhawk_main.htm
Coming soon to a street near you!
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:41 PM
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Hmmmmmmm. I don't think I will hold my breath till I see a actual flying car in the hands of consumers. Historically, most of them have to go to an airport to fly, so why not just get an airplane.

The ones that drive down the street look really susceptible to damage from idiot drivers and gawkers.

That one that skims just 10 feet off the ground, lets see, that is right up there with powerlines and such, is really scary.

And then there is the one that is just a drawing. At least the others have some hardware associated with them.

As a pilot and flight instructor, the idea of people operating any airborne machine the way they operate a car is really scary.

As I said, I will be really surprised to see any thing like those proposed enter production any time soon.

But then I am the guy that said when color television came out, that it would never work because everybody would not pay $500 or $600 dollars (which at that time was a months pay) for a new TV to replace their tried and true black and white.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:12 PM
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I am sure the FAA will go nuts over this if it is ever released to the general population.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:38 PM
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This one has been running around the airport that I fly from.
I haven't seen them try the wings yet.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479167,00.html

It is fun to watch them nearly hit every other moving thing at the airport though.

This one actually worked.
http://www.museumofflight.org/aircra...or-aerocar-iii
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:33 PM
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Flying cars are too new.. Here is one from the 1950s

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=adc727ef1e
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:46 AM
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When I consider the number of jacka$$e$ i see every week who are driving down the center divide or down the shoulder of the freeway, because they're in too much of a hurry to abide by "normal" traffic rules, the thought of a league of hair-brained morons performing the same stunt in 3D just scares me silly!
For that reason alone, I doubt flying cars will EVER be available. I surely hope not!
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:33 PM
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In one of my university classes we had to "theoretically" design a Personal Air Vehicle (PAV), which are intended to be replacements for cars, rather than actual "flying cars". CAFE foundation (http://cafefoundation.org/v2/main_home.php) and NASA are promoting development of technologies to make PAVs feasible, such as higher efficiency, reduced noise, better avionics (to make them a little more idiot-proof). One suggestion is to make a virtual "road" appear on a Heads-up-display that the aircraft travels along, with a computer doing the flying, and the pilot just giving directions. That could work, maybe...

I don't think the idea of making a "flying car" will ever get off the ground. Why do you need to have a car and aircraft into the same vehicle? Neither of them will be efficient at all. Instead, make an efficient, affordable car for short distance travel, and an efficient, affordable aircraft for long distance travel. Nevertheless, its fun to watch people try to do it.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:25 AM
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The only way a flying car will be allowed for public use and licensing is if:

a. A pilot's license is required to own one, and T/O and landings are restricted to airfields,

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b. They are somehow computer guided onto pre-planned flight routes, like the flyways from Back To The future and The Jetsons.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyWheel View Post
The only way a flying car will be allowed for public use and licensing is if:

a. A pilot's license is required to own one, and T/O and landings are restricted to airfields,

or

b. They are somehow computer guided onto pre-planned flight routes, like the flyways from Back To The future and The Jetsons.
I think the idea is that technology and humans would meet halfway - getting a private pilot certificate would be easier because avionics would help to idiot-proof the aircraft.
The aircraft could have limitations built into it such that you would not be able to cause it to go into a stall or spin, and it would seriously assist the takeoff and especially the landing process. Various failsafes could be built in to check things like weather and prevent you from flying below your VFR limits.

The problem with all this is the cost is prohibitively expensive. Light aircraft are already pretty expensive, and all these advanced avionics aint gonna be cheap.
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