DailyDirt: Flying Cars & Other Crazy Stuff

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Considering the number of car accidents each year, it's not exactly surprising that flying cars haven't taken off yet. Most drivers can barely handle looking forward, backward and side to side -- and adding up and down is just going to make things worse. Still, the future promised us flying cars, so people are working on building flying cars. Here are just a few links on the topic of personal flying vehicles and some other ill-advised ideas. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 5:45pm

    What’s The Difference Between A Flying Car And An Aeroplane?

    The flying car will be self-driving. So you certainly won’t need a full pilot’s licence to operate one. Perhaps you won’t need any kind of licence at all.

    As for “clogging up the skies” ... given that they’ve got a fairly sizeable third dimension that ground-based roadways lack, I find it difficult to believe that could happen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 6:37pm

    Re: What’s The Difference Between A Flying Car And An Aeroplane?

    Clogging up the skies probably refers to congestion where these things will land and take off from.... Not that the sky will look crowded anywhere else.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 6:48pm

    aircraft have a much higher standard and requirement for reliability, duel ignition, FSFO design (Fail safe, fail operational), plus cars need to meet the regulations and laws relating to cars, (noise, emissions, crash resistance etc).

    And aircraft/plane would need to be registers as a car with a licensed driver, and would also need to be approved and registers as an aircraft, the person driving/flying would require a valid drivers license and a valid pilots license.

    there is a very good reason why this has never 'taken off' !!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 7:19pm

    one other problem

    Aircraft engines are run for a specific number of hours, at certain running hour points different work is done on it, at 100 hours it will REQUIRE a strip down and rebuild and a full rebuilding of the top end, this is not cheap, so why would you want to run up your engines running hours driving your car ??

    That's why planes are planes and cars are cars, again the cost of running an aircraft certified engine is far to restrictive if you are running it to drive a car.
    The work done on the aircraft engine also have to be carried out by specifically certified engineers (LAME, Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers). A huge difference than your local grease monkey.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 9:19pm

    A wing suit BASE jumper by the name of Raphael Dumont just jumped from a mountain top and landed safely in a lake without a parachute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ttNUwSK0Xw

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 9:27pm

    Re: one other problem

    No.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 29th, 2013 @ 10:29pm

    Re: Re: one other problem

    "No" what ??

    Put a lot of thought into that insightful comment ?

     

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    Ninja (profile), Oct 30th, 2013 @ 4:09am

    Re: one other problem

    You are thinking with technology available today. Maybe future sky cars won't even use air flow to fly and will be able to handle sky traffic jams. Why not? If you asked a person 20 years ago if we'd have computers 1000s of times more powerful at the palm of our hands and everybody would have one probably you'd get laughed at.

     

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    Richard (profile), Oct 31st, 2013 @ 3:01am

    Re: Re: one other problem

    The analogy with computers is incorrect - computers are stil (just about) in the "rapid progress" phase of their development. Aircraft passed through that phase between 1900 and 1970. (Compare the Wright Flyer with Concorde or an F15 and you will see what I mean). The low hanging fruit in aviation progress is all gone. YOur statement " If you asked a person 20 years ago if we'd have computers 1000s of times more powerful at the palm of our hands and everybody would have one probably you'd get laughed at." translates in aviation terms to
    " If you asked a person in 1930 if we'd be flying at twice the speed of sound and ordinary people would be able to fly at 500mph plus to a holiday destination by 1970 probably you'd get laughed at."

     

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    Brendon, Oct 31st, 2013 @ 7:44pm

    Combustion engine is one other problem

    1)Make the prop electric propelled? this will sort out rebuilds and bring in reliability.
    2) Have a detachable "DRONE" strap-on harness/parachute (also electric motors)

     

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    vehicle cleaning products, Nov 2nd, 2013 @ 11:03pm

    car shampoo

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