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It'?s a car that?s going to be flightable in 2017.
After all, the long-awaited car is almost there. The AeroMobil, a Slovak enterprise, is planning to sell its design, the AeroMobil 3.0, in 2017. On its premises, the firm alleges that the car "transforms in seconds from an automotive car into an airplane" by "using the current automotive and aircraft infrastructure".
It is a gas-powered car with collapsible wing panels, which makes it possible to park like a car even though it is almost 20 ft long. There is a AeroMobil 3.0 hanging out of a garage and driving down a motorway that shares the street with normal vehicles until it reaches a runway on the company's website.
Stefan Vadocz, spokesperson for AeroMobil, said that his firm had not yet fixed an accurate selling rate because it was not yet finished. According to the firm, the maximum car velocity on the street is at least 99 milliph and during the flight at least 124 milliph. Airborne automobiles aren't exactly new. However, bringing a handy, dependable airborne car to market was a big one.
AeroMobil 3.0 has at least one rival, the Terrafugia Übergang, which is also powered by throttle and has hinged leaves. In the past, Terrafugia has said that it intends to make the switch to the Italian marked before the end of this year.
The Jetson's car flyin', did it get here at last?
Perhaps so, if the aviation and space technology group Terrafugia successfully implements its endeavours to construct TF-X. As a four-seater, plug-in hybrids powered aircraft, the TF-X is able to perform perpendicular flights and lands in four plane planes. The US firm says that TF-X will be able to accommodate a car park and have a non-stop distance of at least 500 mile.
Terrafugia has already constructed a flight craft, but TF-X may be at least eight to twelve years away. In 2009, the firm began to fly prototype aircraft of Übergangs, a two-seater, solid wings, road plane. Running on lead-free premier auto fuel, it can fly at a cruising rate of 100 mph.
Until now, the corporation says that it has more than 100 orders placed for the car. Where' s my (flying) car? "Where' s my flyin' car? "Point taken, but now that our boyhood aspirations are beginning to come close to realisation, perhaps we should also think about it: if a car were here today, in the physical universe and not in the field of sci-fi, would we be happy to control it securely while we are travelling by the thousand metres in the sky?
Just before you run to the doors and jump to the next pilots training center to enroll for your aviation class, take a few moments to see Carl Dietrich, managing director and co-founder of the Terrafugia space technology group. The Dietrich and his crew are working to give the consumer an understanding of the promise of a handy flyer by imagining a car where the driver does not have to work as a qualified aviator.
Boston-based Terrafugia last May said it had begun work on the design of TF-X, a four-seater plug-in hybrids powered car capable of performing perpendicular take-offs and landings. 4 seats, a plug-in hybrids powered by an electrically powered car, will be available for the first time in the future. An illustration of the TF-X-Project. Dietrich says, although not without a driver, that the TF-X could raise the standard of the so-called "human direct locally autonomy", a notion he calls "big science phrase", which basically means that the driver does not need to have the know-how or skill of aviator.
"You don't need to know that, because the computer is connected to a computer system that allows you to schedule the route of your flights and prevent other limitations on your flights and airspace," says Dietrich. "Everything that happens on the floor, the individual will make a call," says Dietrich.
"As soon as you fly, the real handling of all airfields will be computerized, because quite openly, the computer can do it better than aviator. "However, if you have a premonition that the semi-autonomous car would help you avoid congestion by just taking off from the floor, you should reconsider.
"It'?s sci-fi and it will always be sci-fi," says Dietrich, and explains that lifting devices need a great deal of space to blow off, which is not convenient and can cause damage to neighbouring cars. Instead, TF-X could take off from airfields and helicopter landing pads, as well as from special areas the dimensions of a golf course, free of traffic signals, traffic lamps and electricity cables.
However, the TF-X design is not Terrafugia's first try to take to the air. Established in 2006, the Transition business has hit the news in recent years as a roadworthy aircraft that can be operated from and to General Airline aerodromes. Rather like a mobile aircraft than a floating car, the two-seater can collapse its wing - just like placing the hood in a cabriolet - and fly at a cruising rate of 100 mph; it can also be left in a parking lot, run on the streets at a motorway rate, and run on autofuel.
Since 2009, Terrafugia has been using prototype aircraft from Transition and is now very near to bringing them to commercial launch. "We' ve got over 100 orders for Transition," says Dietrich, and adds that it will cost 279,000 dollars. "It is our expectation that we will deliver the first of our product lines to our clients in the second half of 2016.
However, for people to be able to fly the transition, they would need to have at least a commercial flying licence that would require 20 flying times - most commercial aircraft drivers need 30-35 flying times to obtain their commercial aircraft passes. However, with the new model, Terrafugia feels that only five lessons would be enough to teach the TF-X to use, which appeals to a wide range of people.
The Dietrich says that all users need to know how to connect to the car, how to decide if it should take off and landing safely and what to do in an emergency situation - in these cases users could draw a grip that can trigger a whole car chute system by simply dragging a grip.
So how far are we from our first TF-X flight? "It' s difficult to say, but we appreciate eight to twelve years," says Dietrich, who acknowledges that even if Terrafugia had all the necessary funds to build TF-X - which it does not - the realisation of the whole thing will depend on technology development and the regulatory authorities will change the way planes are currently certificated.
Dietertrich says that Terrafugia is "strongly" integrated into global bodies to develop new certifying standard that take into consideration some of the new technology that is entering the markets for human and nonhuman aircrafts and that also applies to TF-X --- things like electrical engines and general purpose airplane battery packs.
"Dietrich says the old rule book is all very old, the old rule book has to be updated." "Successfully updating the regulations will give us the chance to see someone get a so-called TF-X operator's license in less than five acres. "In the end, according to Dietrich, the aim of the entire TF-X programme is "to realise the concept of the airborne car.
"It has to be made simpler, it has to be made more secure, it has to be made faster rather than by car, and it has to be made much more comfortable than flying today," Dietrich states. "It' gonna be a while before we get there, but that's the target."