Finally! The flying car that really could be coming to a road (and sky) near you
It has been a sci-fi dream for decades - a car that can simply take to the air to avoid traffic.Here's what it looks like as a car:
However, a Slovakian firm has said it has finally cracked the problem.
The AeroMobil can fly 430 miles on a tank of petrol - and when its wings fold down, it'll fit into a normal parking space.
And as a plane:
Now, there's a few things going on here. First off, I dunno if I'd be willing to bet my life on an airplane out of Slovakia. No offense to our Slovak friends, but it's not exactly an area known for innovation in aviation. Or engineering. Or automobiles, for that matter. This is something that I am going to literally bet my life on - once it's up in the air, you're betting that the folks that put it together knew what they were doing. When your Chevy throws a tie rod, you limp to the side of the road and wait for AAA. When this thing slips a cog, you look for something comfy to land on, and start saying your rosaries.
There's also a whole host of secondary questions. Would you have to drive to an airport and then get admitted to the airfield? How is that going to work? It would be pretty sweet to drive to Dulles, fly to Manchester, and then drive to the Northeast Bloggershoot, rather than drive the whole way, especially since the AeroMobil can travel 124 MPH in a straight line, meaning the whole trip could be made in four hours. Of course, the range is 430 miles, meaning I'd still have to stop somewhere along the way, like Hartford. Still WAY better than the NJ Turnpike...
I also wonder how GPS would work, even if it would, at the altitude the AeroMobil will be flying Actually, that's another question - what altitude will it be flying at? Allegedly it is going to require a pilot's license - not sure I disagree with this, mind you; I see enough idiocy on the roadways on a daily basis, I don't want them going over my house. Now, granted, there's no word on price, and I'll wager this is a "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" deal.
Here's another question to think about: What happens when someone piloting this decides it would be funny to take off on a long, empty stretch of road? Now, I will readily admit I know nothing about flying/tracking/etc. but what I'm wondering is, take an open, empty area like, say, sections of CO. Fly into Denver, then drive out to a location several hours' drive away. Get 20 miles away from the airport, then crank it up, take flight when no one's looking, and land somewhere close to their destination. Will radar/tracking be sufficient to catch folks doing this?
Sure looks and sounds like a lot of fun for an amateur pilot...
That is all.