We hate to break it to you, but most of us still don’t drive to work in a flying car. What can we say? We’re quite the disappointment, at least as far as the Jetson’s are concerned. However, nor do we live in a Utopian environment, which is to say those predictions – you know the ones that we’re made in the 30s – we’re a bit of stretch. But never fear, for there is more than one flying car here.
The PAL-V takes a slightly different approach from the Terrafugia flying car. Instead of a set of wings to depend on lift, the PAL-V incorporates a set of rotar blades analogous to that of a helicopter. When the PAL-V is airborne it is designed to fly below 4,000 feet, which means you won’t have to worry about running into a jet airliner.
It’s top speed for the PAL-V caps out at 112mph both on land and in air, which ain’t too shabby for a flying car. When on land the PAL-V is designed to handle like a motorcycle, leaning into turns yet is controlled like a car; there is a steering wheel. The cockpit holds up to 2 people, though the conversion from car to gryocopter is a one person job and takes less than 10-minutes. Virtually everything happens automatically with the push of a button, though the last step of the conversion requires that the pilot extend the tail of the PAL-V, which secures the rotar blades.
Yes, you’ll need a special license, but this supposedly takes just 25-40 hours of flight time. A small price to pay for the convenience of being able to travel virtually any where, especially when you can in theory take off in a traffic jam (you’ll need a small amount of runway to collect speed) and can travel up to 750 miles on a single tank of gas.
That all being said, we’re still not sure on a price, but expect it to cost well above $100,000.