DailyDirt: Flying With The Greatest Of Ease

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The Segway was originally billed as a revolutionary new way to travel, but after it was revealed, it didn't seem anywhere near as cool as a flying car (or hoverboard). While everyone is more concerned about gas mileage nowadays, there are still some dreamers out there working on personal flying vehicles. Here are just a few examples of some ways to get yourself off the ground. If you have some more free time, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 18th, 2012 @ 5:40pm

    personal helicopter traffic -- ugh!

    as always the real problem with flying cars is the air traffic. drivers can barely handle 2D traffic, 3D traffic would be horrible.

     

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    Joe, Jun 18th, 2012 @ 9:52pm

    Icon A5

    As personal aircraft go, it doesn't get sexier than the Icon A5.

    www.iconaircraft.com

    fold back wings, dual water/ land takeoff and landing and a price point of about 140k which while not cheap in the real world - in the world of aircraft, it's hella cheap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 18th, 2012 @ 10:22pm

    Re: personal helicopter traffic -- ugh!

    all traffic is 3d traffic, unless we're talking about some kind of device to exclude the third dimension.

    In any case, its 2012, where the fuck is my flying car already. the least we could get is a hoverboard.

     

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    drew (profile), Jun 18th, 2012 @ 11:56pm

    Flynano

    Looks like it's technically a wing-in-ground effect vehicle rather than a plane, but it's still very cool.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Jun 19th, 2012 @ 12:20am

    Re: Icon A5

    Yup, we covered the Icon A5 a while ago:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100330/1550518796/dailydirt-cool-new-planes.shtml

    It's a bit amazing that so many kinds of personal aircraft designs exist...

     

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    maclypse (profile), Jun 19th, 2012 @ 1:03am

    Nano Website says "Patent Pending".

    What part(s) do you think they are patenting? The weird wing does display an uncanny resemblance to the McGinnis wing.

    http://www.synergyaircraft.com/

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jun 19th, 2012 @ 2:15am

    Recommended design upgrade for the E-Volo copter

    Looking at the images of the design quad + copter they are planning. They should put leading and trailing edges on the support frame. ie shape them like a wing to add lift while in forward motion.

     

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    Wolfger, Jun 19th, 2012 @ 2:55am

    Need a solution?

    Quit being lazy and ride a bike. It never runs out of fuel, never pollutes, and is good for you, too.

     

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    Dementia (profile), Jun 19th, 2012 @ 8:59am

    If you haven't heard about it already, you might want to take a look at the hoverbike. http://www.hover-bike.com/index.html

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Jun 19th, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    Re:

    We also covered the hoverbike...
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110518/18051114329/dailydirt-odd-vehicles.shtml

    The hoverbike looks cool, but somehow also more dangerous than the volocopter VC1. The hoverbike doesn't look like it's meant to really fly too far off the ground, but it still lacks a bit of rotor redundancy.

     

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    Richard, Jun 20th, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    Building one's own "air car"

    In the October 1974 issue of Boys' Life magazine, on page 70, there was a mail order ad whereby a reader could obtain for US$3.00 plans for an "air car." Among other things, the air car could lift "up to 200 pounds." (Or, for those using the metric system, approximately 90.71 kg.) In a 1998 issue of Zillions magazine (which was like Consumer Reports but with kids testing toys and similar items), a review was done wherein Zillions mail ordered plans for an "air car" and had a 9-year-old kid build the project with his father to see how well it actually worked.

     

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