Flying Cars

Flying Car NO 6 Skycar M400 Molleres latest design The dream flying machine is one of its kind personal vertical take off and landing VTOL vehicle that can cruise at a maximum speed of 375 MPH at 13 200 ft

Today I came across a wonderful post posted earlier today, by Jeff, and entitled Flying Cars that I would urge all of you to read. Below are a couple of little excerpts in the hope of whetting your appetites!

23Feb/110 by Jeff Image text: It’s hard to fit in the backseat of my flying car with my android Realdoll when we’re both wearing jetpacks. In this comic, Cueball is complaining to Megan over the phone about the lack of flying cars even though it is the year 2011.  But, Megan counters that phone technology has taken off.  No pun intended.  I’ve always found it interesting that the consumer electronics field has changed dramatically over the past 10 years and cars still are roughly the same. In the image text, the comic references Realdoll, which is known as "the world’s finest lovedoll".

Reading Jeff’s post started me thinking so I did a quick search for some other posts on the subject and discovered some more interestingarticles! e.g. this post by Thomas Roche, posted last week, over on techyum :::

Tweet The flying car community is aflutter with reports that Bangalore-based inventor A.K. Vishwanath has developed a little bit o’ Blade Runner based on the common Indian economy car the Maruti. The vehicle was shown off at a recent air show in Bangalore. News.com.au reported: Unassumingly parked next to some of the world’s most lethal warplanes, a converted 800cc Maruti hatchback has stolen some of the thunder from the supersonic exhibits at the Aero India 2011 air show in the southern city of Bangalore. The attraction? Rotating blades fitted on the four corners of the roof, and a vacuum section around the tyres which — its inventor insists — gives the car a vertical lift-off capability, allowing it to soar over any traffic jam. [Link.

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That hasn’t stopped certain off-kilter bloggers from speculating that: This flying Maruti may be able to help solve the issue of traffic gridlock, which many cities have found to be a growing problem. The vehicle is fitted with rotor blades on the roof and extended wheelarches that create a vacuum section. Put the cart before the horse, much, CarRentals.co.uk? Yeah, I bet you did. News.com.au also said “[Vishwanath] is extremely tight-lipped about its exact inner workings.

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” The sum total of the technical details in that article (or anywhere else I could find): An electrical generator kickstarts the device, after which its original engine pumps out “energy flows” which, he says, will provide the lift-off and cruising capability. “My invention is backed by complex mathematics and I have already tried a scaled-down version in a wind tunnel which I built myself,” he said. [Link.] Whoa, haven’t we had this conversation before? Personally, I’d like to see the car fly before I head on down to the lot and talk about financing but Bud Smalley and his sleazy step-father Larry. Vishwanath says he has more than 40 patents, but he’d still be in good Flying Car Company if he had lots of patents and still never got his vehicle to production. Witness the M400 from Moller International, from my neck of the woods in Davis, California, which declared bankruptcy in 2009. Moller’s designs were provocative and in many ways brilliant, but still never made it to Market. But just to make sure no one thinks he’s a mad scientist or anything, Vishwanath has named his company B’Lorean — a contraction of “Bangalore” and “D’Lorean,” because the latter is the car from Back to the Future.

Finally, another fantastic article came from PixMaster over on Pix o’ Plenty posted back in 2010 and entitled The Terrafugia Transition: Today's Flying Car – Lists o Plenty which is also certainly worth a look.

Update it for a better user experience. Founded by five pilots who are graduates of MIT and supported by a world-class network of advisors and private investors, Terrafugia’s mission is the innovative expansion of personal mobility. “Terrafugia” is Latin for “escape from land”. The Transition, whcih has a cargo capacity of 450 pounds and can fly up to 460 miles at 115 miles per hour, transforms from a motor vehicle to an aircraft in less than 30 seconds and is capable of “highway speeds” in car mode.

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First, you must possess a valid pilot’s license with a light sport aircraft rating. Don’t have one? Get in touch with a flight school soon, because you’ll need 20 hours of flight time to qualify. Want to fly under low visibility conditions? You’ll need an instrument rating, which takes quite a bit more time and money to earn. The next drawback is the price. Transition buyers must put down a $10,000 deposit towards the purchase price of $194,000, and delivery of the first production models is expected to begin in 2011. Seventy people have stepped up to the plate so far, so you probably won’t be seeing the skies filled with flying cars any time soon. Your browser does not support JavaScript.

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