Flying Car… For Real?

from the where-are-the-flying-pigs? dept

We’ve been promised flying cars for years, and they always seem to come up a bit short, but the folks over at Silicon Beat have a post claiming that one of their readers emailed them saying he actually managed to commute to work last week by gyroplane — including driving the gyroplane on the road from his house to the airport and from the airport to his office. It would be nice to have a little more proof that this really happened — but for the sake of this post, we’ll trust the Silicon Beat guys that they trust their email correspondent. It apparently took quite a bit of red tape to get the device approved to both fly and travel on the road, but after a month or so of negotiating he received approval. Next up? Making more of them and selling them. So perhaps the flying car isn’t so far off after all… Though, of course, it’s not entirely clear how happy the FAA (or airports) will be with lots of little gyroplanes flying the friendly skies. Perhaps the next big infrastructure investment will be in creating gyroplane takeoff and landing facilities. Update: In researching the story further, it appears the intrepid reporters are now questioning the overall story, as it’s not quite as impressive as it was originally made out to be. It does work… sort of. But, the car can only drive very slowly and over short distances, and it takes quite a bit of time to make the car switch modes.

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a concerned 17 year old... says:

Re: Flying Incendiaries

I find that comment offensive… you seem to imply that we are all reckless and careless, and that we enjoy burning expensive homes… I find a charcoal forge and a chunk of steel much more to my liking, but that’s beside the point… where do adults get off assuming that us teenage guys just want to hurt people and break things? -.-

same mistake the insurance companies made when they charge us twice as much as our female counterparts…

Bob Dole says:

Re: Problem with flying machines

I don’t see how the flying car, if it’s the one in the picture, can drive on the roads. It has no front license plate, no headlights, and apparently no tail lights. That’s assuming it can get away with driving without a front bumper, etc. I think this is bogus.

The graphic is kinda interesting — most of the guys who commute by air really don’t save that much time unless it’s a 160+ mile commute.

Dresk says:

Re: Re: Re: Problem with flying machines

Mexicans are nice people. Perhaps the one crossing the borders are troublemakers and that’s why you americans hate them? I don’t know… maybe it’s like with colombians here (Venezuela). I’ve never been in Colombia, but my friends say it’s pretty and the people are awesome. But all my experiences with colombians here are bad (ranging from crooks to thieves).
Colombian girls are stunning, though.

Anonymous Coward says:

No Subject Given

The tech for “flying cars” has existed since Molt Taylor in the 1950s. And, so has the resistance from our goverment agency that’s formally chartered to “Promote and regulate civil aviation”.

To be more blunt: The FAA has always resisted anything that would take the number of light aircraft up by a step function. In fact, they once told Molt that they would do anything necessary to stop it…

Arnold Walker says:

flying car

If it was in Texas and made by Butterfly LLC …
Him and about twenty other customer vehicles did.
Techno matter…in 40 of the 50 states anything with
three wheel up 65ft long X 13.5 ft high X 9ft wide is a motorcycle.
The first flying car to be built in 1935 was Pitcairn and
is on display in Washington DC’s aviation musuem.The government was rationing steel and other materials and didn’t think his prototype was worth pursuing in production.
You can see Larry Neal and Carter on Utube.

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