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Street legal (in the US) aeroplane car hybrid
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13011 posts
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-03/flying-car-on-test-flight-in-us/3928684

This is a pretty big step towards a flying car IMO.

Not sure this would get past Australian Design Rules though.

Even still, I think the first aircraft that can do it will be a break through.

Check out the company website: http://terrafugia.com/

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/6657/39288823x2700x467.jpg

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http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/9959/homesplashflying.jpg

The shot at 2.20 is pretty cool, hahah. Trippy seeing a steering wheel in the c***pit.

The take-off at 1.50 is a bit iffy. You can see it's not that stable in yaw because it's so short - and it already has some pretty large tailplane surfaces. That would be the main challenge I'd reckon. And the requirement for as short a wingspan as possible. I wonder what the car/aeroplane runs on. Seperate fuels presumably.

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Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12528 posts
I'm looking forward to the days of falling aero-cars that plummet from the sky after someone failed to give way because they where busy sexting to their secret mistress...
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Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13012 posts
I'm looking forward to the days of falling aero-cars that plummet from the sky after someone failed to give way because they where busy sexting to their secret mistress...

Luckily we've already developed ILS and autopilot :P
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Mephz
Brisbane, Queensland
1015 posts
The take-off at 1.50 is a bit iffy. You can see it's not that stable in yaw because it's so short
??? Looks like it lands the same way it takes off. angled into the crosswind to me.
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foolix
Brisbane, Queensland
135 posts
Most LSA aircraft (piston single) like this can run on ULP.
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4807 posts
this has been done, chitty bang bang for the Win!!!


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Mass
Brisbane, Queensland
1161 posts
A little concerned how excited they were it got off the ground....
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casa
Brisbane, Queensland
4574 posts

this has been done, chitty bang bang for the Win!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs8LIzObfH41

gay no embedding
04:49pm 03/04/12 Permalink
jaydub
Gold Coast, Queensland
74 posts
only 2 sitter? bring on the family edition.
05:24pm 03/04/12 Permalink
do0b
Brisbane, Queensland
4246 posts
looks like a gust of wind would be the end of it
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trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36018 posts
Sorry, but I'm waiting for jetpacks.
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HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
7804 posts
Teleporters or GTFO
06:04pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
12231 posts
Can't they pack enough power into a car to do the quadcopter thing yet?

Wouldn't that create an energy crisis :)
07:26pm 03/04/12 Permalink
kos
Germany
2015 posts
I wonder what the car/aeroplane runs on. Seperate fuels presumably.

That reminds me of the funny story about the Convair Model 118 flying car inaugural test flight:
Test pilot Reuben Snodgrass flew the prototype, registered NX90850 for the first time on November 15, 1947 but it made a low fuel forced landing near San Diego, California on November 18, 1947, while on a one-hour demonstration flight, destroying the car body[5] and damaging the wing, although the pilot escaped with minor injuries. The pilot reputedly took off with little or no aviation fuel aboard although the fuel gauge he was looking at showed full fuel, but it was the automobile fuel gauge.
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Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
6703 posts
I can just see the Wikipedia page for this five years from now:
Origin: United States.
First invented: 2012.
Practical applications: None.
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Linker
Brisbane, Queensland
1590 posts
Yeah about the only benefit is that you could drive it home from the aerodrome to park it at your own house. You aren't going to drive this to the shops, and you sure as hell wouldn't be allowed to take off from anywhere that isn't a regulated aerodrome.

I don't think flying cars will ever happen. There's enough people who can't drive on a 2D plane, without complicating things and adding a third. The only way that would ever come to be is if every flying car was autonomous and linked up to a massive communications system.
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skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5339 posts
Sorry, but I'm waiting for jetpacks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA6DucjFiOk
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