You may look up in the sky this year and literally see flying cars. We’ve been dreaming of the flying car since the early 1900’s and finally it is a reality! If you begin your flying- driving adventure by purchasing a basic model with a luxury cost beginning around $300,000 you’re in for the flight and drive of your life!
You might be thinking that the sky byways will be congested with these flying machines, but, it won’t be like the famous old cartoon the Jetsons. At least not quite yet, as most of the cars are being purchased by ranchers, farmers, firefighters and humanitarians to reach remote villages and terrain that would be virtually impossible to reach without the versatility of the flying car.
Terrafugia, AeroMobil, Moller International and PAL-V are just a few of the companies that are planning to produce, sell and deliver their vehicles within the next few years. While only the Maverick is commercially available and eligible for road safety inspection, all these companies plan to launch between 2016-2017. Click here to see the Maverick in flight on YouTube!
The Maverick is created by Indigenous People Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), a non-profit organization in Florida. Steve Saint, the main coordinator, saw this as a fantastic way to reach out to remote areas of Ecuador where he builds schools and churches as a part of his organization.
Also, the new Skyrunner – a dune buggy which relies upon a high powered air turbine to paraglide the vehicle to heights of up to 15,000 ft. Skyrunner plans to be road and sky ready in America by late 2015, or early 2016. For the Maverick and Skyrunner, these vehicles only require a normal driver’s license – except where altitudes exceed 10,000 feet. That means that forest rangers, people looking to drop off supplies, and even forward observers have unprecedented access to places that would normally be very logistically expensive to reach.
Another interesting model, much different from the other models is produced by a Dutch company called PAL-V who has made a helicopter car which promises the perfect mix of speed and versatility. PAL-V from the Netherlands has already begun taking orders for its vehicle, and expects deliveries to begin in the spring of 2017. Learn more about these vehicles at: webbrewed.com.
A company out of MA, Terrafugia, is planning to be the pioneer of the first practical flying car in the next few years: “Our first product, the Transition® is a two-place, fixed wing, street legal airplane which has been internationally heralded as the “first practical flying car”. It is designed to fit in a single car garage, be safely driven on the highway, and be flown in and out of general aviation airports. It brings a new level of freedom, flexibility and fun to personal aviation and you can reserve yours today. - See more of this sleek flying car on YouTube.
Terrafugia’s TFX model may be 10-15 years from being ready for the market, but, it is worth waiting for when you see how this sleek, classy, flying car glides through the air: See the Video of the TFX from the garage to flight.
If you will be travelling to Europe you may want to make a stop to see the: Vaylon Pegase, reportedly available this year. The Vaylon company develops an innovative solution of mobility able to move quickly on earth and/or in the air, in an autonomous way and in any circumstances (overcome obstacles (rivers, cliffs, dunes...), lack of roads infrastructures, natural disaster). Check out the video and some of the specs on this amazing European model: Light all-roads vehicle, side by side, double type-approval, road/air capacity, STOL (Short Take Off and Landing)
Road speed: 65 mph
Air speed: 35- 50 mph
Altitude: low altitude flight, to more than 3000 m (10.000ft)
Payload: From 160 kg -- 350 Lbs (civil type-approval) to 250 kg -- 550 Lbs
Minimum autonomy depending on configuration and loads: 3h
Lastly, as we finally approach a new generation of flying cars we must thank the innovators/creators, and all those involved who make it possible for us to reach new heights of invention and freedom to fly like never before in our history. Click here to see more awesome pictures of the most popular flying cars on the market today!