The return of the flying car!


#1

The return of the flying car!


#2

I want one.


#3

One one hand people want cars that drive themselves to reduce accidents…

On the other hand are those that want to complicate thing by adding motion in the Z co-ordinate (Flying!)

Flying cars are not new.


#4

I’m holding out for one that swims and flies.

I didn’t claim they were. The title says ‘return’.


#5

There’s a company less then 15 miles from my house that makes a flying car.

https://www.terrafugia.com/about-terrafugia/

But this one that Random Troll posted is different. And looks like a blast to fly.


#6

That “mega-drone” approach is promising for hobbyists (but I’d hate to have one next door - NOISY). But to me “flying car” has meant something one would use as a car replacement to commute, shop, etc. When do I expect anything like that? No time soon.


#7

I don’t want a flying car, I want a driving airplane.

Fixed wings, tractor prop, tail stabilizer and rudder, there are some things we got right 100 years ago. If an airplane’s power fails, you have a glider. If a multi rotor drone’s power fails, you better either have a parachute or never fly any higher than you are willing to fall, say 15 feet above water.


#8

That’s pretty cool . . .

But using the word car is a real stretch


#9

I agree with db4690. If it were a true “flying car” what happened to it’s on road capabilities? It is more like a “cargo drone”, only the cargo is a pilot. I wanted o say manned drone, but if it is manned is it still a drone? But it does look a fun toy for the lake house. I think it would be real scary if something happen ove terre firma.


#10

You don’t think it can auto-rotate like a helicopter? If the fan blade pitch is adjustable, it should be possible to auto-rotate to a reasonable landing like every helicopter ever made. And it would a bit stupid NOT to design adjustable blade pitch for that very reason.

THEN altitude is your lifesaving friend.


#11

No adjustable fan pitch, those are just jumbo drone fans. So no auto-rotation possible, I’d bet. Just YAAAAAAAAAAA all the way down!


#12

The three most useless things to an aircraft pilot. Runway behind you. Altitude above you. Fuel in the fuel truck.


#13

Just call it an aircraft and be done with it