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|CoB|_Spectre
02-26-2006, 04:27 PM
Start saving your pennies, a roadable flying machine may soon be a reality (Molt Taylor's Flying Car evolved...kinda).

http://www.terrafugia.com/vehicle.htm?www.dailytech.com

elphifou
02-26-2006, 04:49 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Assuming these guys to be able to keep their "promise", I'd never let anyone use that.. "thing".. in my country where a lot of effort has already been put to significantly reduce road casualties.

Had fun reading the page though http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Stackhouse25th
02-26-2006, 04:53 PM
they are forgetting ONE THING!

The average person (The average dumb dumb), doesnt like to operate on 3 dimensions. They can barely get by on 2 dimensions.

X-Y Axis for car

XYZ for airplanes

Training for this would cost 6,000$+ per person, the cost of 100LL=5$ a gallon.

the problem with ATC = enormous.


Conclusion: This project is dead before it even got off the ground.

Airmail109
02-26-2006, 04:56 PM
That would make police cars all but obsolete........... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Stackhouse25th
02-26-2006, 05:02 PM
Although one of my dreams one day is to build a flying car (one that looks ordinary like a car), and then tick off some copz, and then run from them, and as im running, to extend the wings and takeoff (while leaving them in the dust)....i think that would be good

Popey109
02-26-2006, 05:04 PM
Airbags? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

T_O_A_D
02-26-2006, 05:11 PM
Chity Chitty Bang bang
http://www.theaterticketsnow.com/images/chity-bang.jpg

Bearcat99
02-26-2006, 07:22 PM
The only way that would work is if it were completely automated with triple reduncancy.... can you imagine some of the nimtards on the roads now in the skies? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

It is a nice dream.... but it will never happen if it is manually controlled.. not for the masses anyway.

huggy87
02-26-2006, 08:18 PM
Just what I need to deal with, more idiots filling the skies.

Targ
02-26-2006, 08:35 PM
Toys for the rich as the average Joe would not be able to afford this. Can you imagine the cost of insuring that vehicle?

Siwarrior
02-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by Stackhouse25th:
Although one of my dreams one day is to build a flying car (one that looks ordinary like a car), and then tick off some copz, and then run from them, and as im running, to extend the wings and takeoff (while leaving them in the dust)....i think that would be good

great minds think alike http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Burnzoire1
02-26-2006, 09:17 PM
Find a need and fill it they say, but I don't see the need for this!

You still have to drive to the airport... having your car turn into an aircraft isn't really 'filling a need', as your aircraft should be waiting for you at the airport anyway.

What I want to see is a helo-car http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Akronnick
02-26-2006, 10:25 PM
This thing has about as much chance of seeing the light of day as Pedro being elected President ... Of The United States!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

Enforcer572005
02-26-2006, 10:34 PM
i happen to know that the Jetson's had one that was automated and it worked quite well......

Ive seen it on TV. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

smatchimo
02-26-2006, 10:40 PM
Whats the point if I cant have 6 50's attached to it? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

ploughman
02-27-2006, 02:47 AM
This sort of thing might not be sooooooo far away. Once automatic UAV technology is perfected and licensed and makes its way into commercial applications (most airlines would love to be able to stop paying pilots, think of the savings) then it'll make it into little aerocars that have only automatic controls and a big red button on the console that says 'DEPLOY CANOPY.'

Modern airliners are highly automated, as I'm sure some of the commercial pilots on here will attest. A guy I know who flew B-737s (700 series I think) says he's more of a systems manager than a pilot. He's converting to fly the A-319 at the moment and that's even more automated than the 737 was. If the 319 loses an engine on final approach the best thing for him to do is...nothing. The plane's got it all worked out. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Akronnick
02-27-2006, 03:41 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
This sort of thing might not be sooooooo far away. Once automatic UAV technology is perfected and licensed and makes its way into commercial applications (most airlines would love to be able to stop paying pilots, think of the savings) then it'll make it into little aerocars that have only automatic controls and a big red button on the console that says 'DEPLOY CANOPY.'

Modern airliners are highly automated, as I'm sure some of the commercial pilots on here will attest. A guy I know who flew B-737s (700 series I think) says he's more of a systems manager than a pilot. He's converting to fly the A-319 at the moment and that's even more automated than the 737 was. If the 319 loses an engine on final approach the best thing for him to do is...nothing. The plane's got it all worked out. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

The thing that will never allow a flying car is the product liability. How is a company going to be able to survive if every time something goes wrong with their product they will be the target of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The automation makes this even more of an issue because the manufacturer can't even blame pilot error. Now, the problem with a flying car is that in order for it to do both, it can do neither very well. In order to be light enough to fly, the car can't have enough structure to protect the occupants in the event of a ground collision. Would you want to be riding in 1300lb aircar that shares the road with an 80,000lb tractor trailer?

As much as we all want to be able to fly on an everyday basis, roadable aircraft are just not practical.

Texan...
02-27-2006, 07:47 AM
Nice blind spot with the wings folded.....


http://www.terrafugia.com/Still_high45foldedC.jpg

SeaFireLIV
02-27-2006, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by Akronnick:
As much as we all want to be able to fly on an everyday basis, roadable aircraft are just not practical.

If enough people want it, it`ll happen. I mean look at our roads, especially in England. Traffic jams everywhere, cars all parking on the pavements, etc, etc.

Of course, flyable cars would need an extensive automatic computer system which took over the driving when high! hmmm... guess, drivers wouldn`t like that...

woofiedog
02-27-2006, 08:39 AM
While driving along in Heavy Traffic today... take a moment to think of what it would be like if all those same people were flying and buzzing along also... I think it's Safer with those same drivers stuck on the ground and not being able to Fly at this moment in time!

http://www.enetconsulting.com/tropsmr2/mr2fire1.jpg

Time for a New Crash Helmet anyone!

mauld
02-27-2006, 09:17 AM
We already have flying cars they are called aeroplanes, A flying car would still be governed by the CAA /FAA meaning certification being required so cost would be high. Also you would still have to be an IR rated pilot to fly one. So it's all just fantasy for a great many years to come.

Viper2005_
02-27-2006, 09:20 AM
This sort of thing would really ruin recreational aviation since it would take over the skies.

I hope I can get all my gliding badges before this kind of monstrosity comes onto the scene (it's sure to happen eventually; bad ideas don't give up).

BTW as for $5/gallon that's no big deal. Here in the UK we're paying about 1 per litre for super unleaded now. That's $6.58 per us gallon. It's not the end of the world. People still drive...

ploughman
02-27-2006, 09:40 AM
Originally posted by Viper2005_:
This sort of thing would really ruin recreational aviation since it would take over the skies.

I hope I can get all my gliding badges before this kind of monstrosity comes onto the scene (it's sure to happen eventually; bad ideas don't give up).

BTW as for $5/gallon that's no big deal. Here in the UK we're paying about 1 per litre for super unleaded now. That's $6.58 per us gallon. It's not the end of the world. People still drive...

...these.

http://www.mavromatic.com/images/zap.jpg


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

panther3485
02-27-2006, 09:41 AM
Quote:

"BTW as for $5/gallon that's no big deal. Here in the UK we're paying about 1 per litre for super unleaded now. That's $6.58 per us gallon. It's not the end of the world. People still drive..."

Not so bad downunder then. The price of petrol (gasoline) fluctuates but standard unleaded (which about 90 percent of cars here use) was around $1.15 Aust. per litre when I filled up last Friday. Nearly everyone is whingeing about how expensive it is.

On the other hand distances are great, public transport is 'variable' and most people depend on their cars a lot.

I agree that a very sizeable percentage of drivers are pretty bloody hopeless in a two-axis environment and there is plenty of carnage on our roads to prove it. Three axes would be suicide!

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

We'd definitely need full automation if this was ever gonna be for the masses. Extremely unlikely in my lifetime IMHO.


Best regards,
panther3485

carguy_
02-27-2006, 10:36 AM
Easy,just fill the elite criteria and we`re off.

1.IQ>125
2.Only men(you don`t want a woman to do the piloting)
3.Mandatory training hours and elitist tests.
4.Being medium-rich.

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elphifou
02-27-2006, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by Akronnick:
Would you want to be riding in 1300lb aircar that shares the road with an 80,000lb tractor trailer?

get rid of the tractor trailers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Grue_
02-27-2006, 12:01 PM
That's great!

Now people can do the equivalent of this in the air!

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/71801/lefortovo_tunnel_of_death/

ploughman
02-27-2006, 12:02 PM
You know, if you were to propose a transport system tdoay that, while allowing individual's freedom to travel at high speed pretty much wherever they wanted and all that, required the paving over of vast swathes of country side, exposure of urban populations to smog and other poisonous fumes, and was so dangerous that the annual body count matched that of a fairly robust small war, you'd be quite rightly told to get stuffed. And yet here we are.

That Lefortovo Tunnel vid was mad. Do people spray oil on the road surface for fun or what?

slipBall
02-27-2006, 02:46 PM
I like it, can't wait. Which button is for weapon's 1&2. SlipBall ( I was only following orders )

Z4K
02-27-2006, 10:43 PM
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the Moller Skycar yet:

http://www.moller.com/centerimage/main1-skycar.gif

Burnzoire1
02-27-2006, 10:58 PM
yes, but if this aerocar were placed on a conveyor belt that moved at an equal and opposite speed, would it take off? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

iroseland
02-28-2006, 10:33 AM
hey,

this looks pretty cool. As for the price for a license its a sport plane. Less license but lots of when, where, and how fast restrictions. Still 6 months out of the year something like this would rule for me. Get up, driver to timmerman, take off fly to midway land drive to work. Total time about an 55 minutes. Instead of up to 2 hours. Ohh wait the fool of a mayor in Chicago tore up Midway because it was aparently a terrorist magnet or something.

Wouldn't want most folks on thr oard in one of those but since it does not come in a minivan or suv version most of them wouldnt be in one anyways.


BSS_AIJO

I thought the jetsons flew spits? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif