Me Taking Off.
The PAL V takes to the air on a successful test flight (Photo: PAL V)
On the ground, it gets 35 mpg on premium, and has a top road speed of 65 mph. Both airbags and a parachute are standard equipment. As Engadget points out, it’s not quite, really, exactly a flying car. Fuel consumption is rated at 9. 5 gal/hr, and the PAL-V’s range is up to 315 miles. The new one is an electric vehicle.
IEN readers know better than pretty much everyone that electric vehicles aren’t just about motors and batteries. This would be particularly useful for racers—who would be able to push vehicles to their limits by adjusting aspects like torque and speed—but could also have applications for the rest of us. I’m not sold on electrics since about 50% of our grid remains coal-fueled, so I wonder if we’re just transferring our open love of gasoline to a darker, more insidious, blind dependence on coal. When there’s boost involved, however, both turbochargers and superchargers have issues. Great stuff: no-lag power from off-idle across the rev range, but high parasitic and heat losses.
To convert from automobile to airplane, the vehicle’s engine must be brought to a stop – no Transformer-like transition on the go unfortunately. The PAL-V requires a strip (either pavement or grass) of at least 165 m (540 ft) to get airborne and just 30 m (100 ft) to land.
Flying like a standard gyrocopter, the PAL-V’s main rotor has a slower rotation than a helicopter, making it quieter and giving it the ability to take off and land at lower speeds. They are stowed in the bag on top, after being folded.
I would prefer to use the propeller for ground travel as well. They fold together and store backwards, secured onto the superstructure that supports the tailplane aray. This is an exciting vehicle: it can take off in a very short range, can be stored in larger garages (meaning well off people out in the country might have a new mode of transport). Big, fat, Congratulations, to that Dutch team. People have enough problem driving in 2 dimensions. I remember when the 2004 posting of it. I would still want those who own one to have some sort of flight training (it just makes sense). Perhaps a future version could have it fold (or unfold for flight) for road travel automatically. Perhaps a couple of ‘attachable’ airplane pontoon floats could make if float too?
How much more is the top main rotor providing lift compared to weight on the machine.
Since propulsion on ground is via engine and wheels and in the air via engine and rotors, the wheels will have to be light During take off, is the engine turning both the wheels and the back rotor?
The craft should have a glide capacity and given that a top rotor is provided, have full vtol capacity. They’re far safer than a helicopter – just nowhere near as fast or as flexible.
What is the air speed?
Imagine opening the door to your double garage and have two flying cars in there, side by side.
Wasn’t Jarno Smeets Dutch also?
This is more like it dutchy, not too sure about the runway taking off the future says vertical takes of will be superior not tracks,as these require space time and money. To a point of smaller and smaller propellers until finally jets emerge in the vertical lifting off phase.
The back prop is awesome.
As long as I don’t have one, it will always suck. Granted it is more of a flying three wheel motorcycle, but it falls neatly into the category of flying car. I do, but there are some changes I would like.
I thought Woody Norris was right with his counterrotating helicopter blades, and I think also that using the same propulsion for ground propulsion is better than having any separate system. This immediately reduces engine size and weight, and eliminates standard fuel weight also. The blast of air is not that friendly to anyone around it. Propellers pick up rocks off the ground when you drive over them. In the future I can imagine people having something like this in place of the second car. And can they build one with capacity to carry 4 people?
I would not hesitate to fly one and understand the concept/ prototype is very good as it is. I would love to own one.
Way to use crappy old technology to make something futuristic, guys.
It’s a helicopter car: -)
PAL-V Personal Air and Land Vehicle