Earlier this year, the FAA approved the first flying car, Robb Report reported. The car in question is Transition`s «rolling plane». Its manufacturer, Terrafugia, is based in Massachusetts and is owned by the Chinese company Geely, which also owns Volvo and Lotus. The FAA issued the two-seater with a special light sports aircraft certificate. Nor does anyone know what the system for regulating flying cars might look like. Cities are now starting to think about how they will one day deal with flying cars. Do they have to reserve separate land areas for take-offs and landings? Should they be able to fly at any time or only at certain times? Should there be new licensing requirements? In the not-too-distant future, however, we might look up to see the sky full of air taxis, private vehicles, and driverless ridesharing — and we might even take off from traffic to fly directly to our destinations. You will also need a pilot license. And getting insurance for flying cars seems like a no-brainer, but such insurance doesn`t currently exist. We`ve all had the experience of sitting bumper to bumper in traffic, with nothing but miles of red taillights in front of us, and we`d love to be able somehow to detach ourselves from the crowd and zoom in on our traffic-free destination. Today, drivers in the Netherlands are getting one step closer to that vision, as a commercial flying car has just been approved for use on the roads of that country. Speaking of which, big spoiler: The car is not yet allowed to fly. These include numerous regulations, authorization from aviation and city commissions, and careful consideration of safety measures, i.e.
there must be designated areas or even «lanes» in the air that drivers (or perhaps should they be called pilots?) must follow to avoid collisions with vessels, trees and other flying cars. Flying cars have long been the subject of fiction, from the Jetsons to Blade Runner to Back to the Future. Although they have appeared in science fiction for decades, they also exist in real life. And now the FAA has authorized the launch of the first flying car in the United States and joined the planes in the friendly skies. Here`s a look at Terrafugia`s transition. Still, Colburn says a number of potential customers were interested in a car-like transition aircraft and are likely able to tow to and from an airport to fly or simply push back into the hangar when they`re done flying. The $250,000 «far north» transition price, Colburn says, could discourage them, especially when comparing other much cheaper LSA-certified aircraft. Since then, many of us have dreamed of a day when we too could drive in a flying car. Sure, flying cars have remained fantasies from the beginning, but if you`re one of the Jetsonian dreamers, there`s good news: flying cars can be just around the corner. Massachusetts-based Terrafugia announced earlier this week that its «transitional» flying car had received a certificate of airworthiness for special light sports aircraft (LSA) from the FAA. The certification approves the two-seater hybrid aircraft for flight in the United States.
But the dream of getting to the airport, spreading your wings and flying away remains as vague as Terrafugia`s plans to sell airworthy passengers. And there are legal questions that need to be answered. Will pre-flight inspections be necessary, as pilots currently do? Who will monitor flight patterns – the FAA or the state? In what situations do aviation laws take precedence over motor vehicle laws? Should we start thinking about traffic and aviation safety? These taxiworthy planes ideally have airplane and helicopter capabilities, as well as software to make them easy to use for ordinary people. In addition, flying cars must meet road and safety standards to be allowed to travel on the road. The Transition is already available by plane, but a road-legal version won`t be available until 2022. The flying car must comply with FAA and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration safety regulations. Individuals who want to drive and pilot the transition need a valid sport pilot certificate and driver`s license. There will also have to be rules about how high cars can fly; You wouldn`t be able to match the 30,000-foot cruising altitude of airplanes, of course, but there`s a big difference between flying 200 feet above the ground and 1,000 feet above the ground (and everything else) – and in fact, the maximum operating altitude of the Liberty is given at 3,500 meters.
which equates to just under 11,500 feet. PAL-V plans to complete its certification with the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2022 (it has been ongoing since 2015). As for the dream of flying cars (since the late 1940s), this is familiar territory. They always seem to be just beyond the horizon. With no fixed sales plan and Colburn`s own calculation that road approval is «a few years away, 10 years from now,» Terrafugia`s Transition finds itself in an ironic underworld—allowed to fly, but not to buy, or drive. In its press release, Terrafugia says it aims to be «legal both in the skies and on local roads by 2022.» A quick look at the 360-degree views of the plane on the company`s website suggests it has a steep climb ahead of it to reach the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved CAN control. It seems that it should be easy to recognize what a flying car is, but how does it differ from an ordinary plane driving on the ground? According to Udacity, a flying car can be defined as «a hybrid vehicle that combines the capabilities of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.» This legal car for the street and street has only three wheels Colburn says Terrafugia has not yet «actively contacted» any of its depot holders to see if they are interested in this version of the transition. In addition, it has not yet announced or even developed plans to increase production and officially put the aircraft up for sale.
The company`s logic is based on the awkward fact that private pilots can now make the transition legally, but not on the road. Although the Terrafugia Transition has a wingspan of 27 feet, these wings fold so that the flying car fits in a single garage. It looks like an airplane rather than a car and still needs a runway to take off. It has a range of about 400 miles and a speed of about 100 miles per hour. According to Terrafugia, the flying car has a 100 hp Rotax 912iS sports injection engine. It runs on premium gasoline or 100LL jet fuel. The car version will include a hybrid electric motor. «Switchblade» goes from a legal vehicle on the street to an airplane in less than 3 minutes However, flying the Switchblade requires 1,100 feet of runway for takeoff and 700 feet for landing. In other words, Switchblade owners have to drive their flying cars to an airport — or something like an airport — if they want to get some fresh air. Switchblade, just like its knife counterpart, has a pair of wings and tail that expand and fold when the driver wants to turn the vehicle into an airplane in less than three minutes.
Since it is a legal flying car for the street, the driver can park Switchblade in his garage and take it out like a regular vehicle. Samson Sky is proud to have installed its Skybrid Flying Car Drive System in Switchblade. The system allows the car to have a drive-and-fly hybrid system while adding more features such as regenerative braking. It also provides reverse thrust that acts as a parachute for the flying car to keep drivers safe and well on a wet track. The automotive industry has seen an increase in the development of flying cars and eVTOL, as well as Samson Sky chip switching blades in its offering. This time, it is not an eVTOL, but a real legal street and street car with only three wheels that can be turned into a flying car. The Switchblade has now met Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection requirements to be classified as an experimental category aircraft. Therefore, the Switchblade has begun flight tests to see how the vehicle behaves in the air.
The Switchblade can fly up to 200 miles (322 kilometers) per hour after switching from its legal three-wheeled car shape to airplane mode using its wings. «Air taxis» are at the heart of these discussions, and the aviation industry is clearly interested in them.