Where are they storing the main rotor blades?
2nd April, 2012 @ 7:06 p.m. (California Time)
They are stowed in the bag on top, after being folded. the both swing back at the rotor head, and also fold mid blade.
I would prefer to use the propeller for ground travel as well. It works well for airboats. it would save weight as well.
2nd April, 2012 @ 9:18 p.m. (California Time)
They fold together and store backwards, secured onto the superstructure that supports the tailplane aray. If my eyes do not deceive me.
Anyway,it's a neat combination of a Gyrocopter and a Carver 3 wheeler-also from Holland.
2nd April, 2012 @ 9:49 p.m. (California Time)
Wow! new genration car!
Sayed Zainul Abid Thangals
2nd April, 2012 @ 9:55 p.m. (California Time)
They fold up. Check the pics.
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). The fact that military and law enforcement are taking interest also is a plus for civilians, since police use would likely involve an interest in taking off and landing in urban areas. And since they're the police, they'll get a bit more policy in favor of allowing that type of thing.
2nd April, 2012 @ 9:57 p.m. (California Time)
Big, fat, Congratulations, to that Dutch team!
I want one!
3rd April, 2012 @ 3:32 a.m. (California Time)
Can that car float too?
3rd April, 2012 @ 3:38 a.m. (California Time)
People have enough problem driving in 2 dimensions. God help us when the start trying to get to think in 3 dimensions
3rd April, 2012 @ 3:43 a.m. (California Time)
I remember when the 2004 posting of it. I think it is way cool. 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? (just thinking out loud).
3rd April, 2012 @ 5:23 a.m. (California Time)
How much more is the top main rotor providing lift compared to weight on the machine.
Future models will have more light weight composite materials.
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?
Ideally I would like that the wheel hubs become the back thrust rotors during flight, with the wheels turning backwards.
The craft should have a glide capacity and given that a top rotor is provided, have full vtol capacity.
3rd April, 2012 @ 5:33 a.m. (California Time)
Amazing technology, fellow Dutchies.
How much does it cost?
Fretting Freddy the Ferret pressing the Fret
3rd April, 2012 @ 6:27 a.m. (California Time)
Nice!!!! but i think Kiss can apply to this bird.
3rd April, 2012 @ 7:41 a.m. (California Time)
@BigWarpGuy - well, the top rotor is giving all the lift, but it's unpowered - it's a gyrocopter, which has been around far longer than a helicopter. They can't hover - the blades need forward propulsion to keep them spinning, but if the drive propeller stops, for some reason, the copter "glides" down and can land in a very controlled fashion.
They're far safer than a helicopter - just nowhere near as fast or as flexible.
Cool all the same - would LOVE one!
3rd April, 2012 @ 9:15 a.m. (California Time)
What is the air speed? I believe the speeds quoted are ground speeds.
3rd April, 2012 @ 9:20 a.m. (California Time)
Fantastic. I'll park mine right next to my Terrafugia Transition!
Imagine opening the door to your double garage and have two flying cars in there, side by side. One can dream.
3rd April, 2012 @ 9:58 a.m. (California Time)
Dutch!? Wasn't Jarno Smeets Dutch also? How do we know these pictures are not fake also?
Artisteroi Rlsh Gadgeteer
3rd April, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m. (California Time)
This is not a flying car, not even close.
3rd April, 2012 @ 10:15 a.m. (California Time)
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. Perhaps we will even eventually have to re think cities due to the taking off of vertical cars. The technology can only progress.
To a point of smaller and smaller propellers until finally jets emerge in the vertical lifting off phase. The plane has always been nothing more than a box with wings and a motor with features which riddled the mind of the unmathematic
All we actual had to do was make the wings road worthy and add some screens.Screens will hopefully eliminate this need to no lots of essential useless information pilots have to learn.
3rd April, 2012 @ 11:28 a.m. (California Time)
Beautiful vehicle congrats!
Not as good as my design but they have already built theirs and mine is still a design. This should do well selling as a city commuter and sports car with flying option. As oppossed to the Terrafugia alot more people are going to want one of these because it's fast on the ground looks cool and has a shorter takes off distance.
3rd April, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m. (California Time)
The back prop is awesome. I'm not sure I'd like to drive this on the road though. As long as I don't have one, it will always suck. :P
3rd April, 2012 @ 3:07 p.m. (California Time)
'Ideally I would like that the wheel hubs become the back thrust rotors during flight, with the wheels turning backwards.'
Are you serious ?
3rd April, 2012 @ 4:35 p.m. (California Time)
re; Brian Brehart
Granted it is more of a flying three wheel motorcycle, but it falls neatly into the category of flying car.
3rd April, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m. (California Time)
@Slowburn, your last post, we agree for once, I want one. You?
3rd April, 2012 @ 10:03 p.m. (California Time)
"Q" would be so proud of "Little Nelly" having grown up..
3rd April, 2012 @ 11:02 p.m. (California Time)
re; Bill Bennett
I do, but there are some changes I would like. A three bladed rotor with a different mid blade joint and as I said before use a caged propeller for propulsion an the ground.
4th April, 2012 @ 4:42 a.m. (California Time)
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. Also there is no reason on Earth why this vehicle should weigh this much. Options to reduce weight: Carbon fiber composites or similar materials such as graphene sheeting etc.; use Michelin Tweels or Twheels (combined wheel and tire, very lightweight). Use Dr. Angelo Di Pietro's rotary Wankel air motor and Quantum Technologies carbon fiber composite air pressure tank (up to 10,000 psi). This immediately reduces engine size and weight, and eliminates standard fuel weight also. Learning to fly is greatly reduced, to about 1 hour or so, if the Woody Norris counterrotating blade system is used, and no tail rotor is needed. I like the gyrocopter soft landing aspect.
14th April, 2012 @ 7:29 p.m. (California Time)
erruh......how the heck are those rear wheels driven?
C. Walker Walker
16th April, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m. (California Time)
For those wanting to use the propeller for thrust on the ground, there are at least two problems.
The blast of air is not that friendly to anyone around it. Imagine sitting at a sidewalk cafe, when one of these tried to leave from the stop light next to you.
Propellers pick up rocks off the ground when you drive over them! I landed at a rural fly in restaurant that had gravel where the planes parked. You literally drove down the last street in town, stopping at stop signs, etc. But the company I rented to plane from was not happy about the chipped up prop they were forced to repair.
21st April, 2012 @ 4:39 p.m. (California Time)
In the future I can imagine people having something like this in place of the second car. The normal car would be used for errands involving other people/large loads (dropping the kids off at school, grocery shopping) and the small single-seater for commuting where you don't need to haul hundreds of extra pounds of car to work and back everyday. Plus this has the added bonus of being able to fly!
22nd April, 2012 @ 9:45 p.m. (California Time)
It is a flying tricycle...not a car.
23rd April, 2012 @ 5:32 a.m. (California Time)
OMG! a flying car?? That is so cool. I wonder what production models will cost? And can they build one with capacity to carry 4 people? I think that would be a major selling point. right now, it is little more than an enclosed motorcycle with wings.
20th May, 2012 @ 7:38 a.m. (California Time)
i like this new tec the world is going beyond imagination
14th June, 2013 @ 10:21 a.m. (California Time)
Congratulations to the PAL-V Dutch team...this is a splendid concept vehicle and in my opinion shows a lot of promise for market acceptance. Like any design, and suggestions above, there are always tweaks, and perhaps some new enabling technologies that will reduce price, enhance performance, and make it more appealing to the masses globally.
I would not hesitate to fly one and understand the concept/ prototype is very good as it is. With some enhancements, V2/ V3/ V4+ etc. and perhaps some maintenance simplicity and design revisions here and there, and modest tweaks...I would love to own one. I have envisioned something similar myself, yet go about it a bit different however you are miles ahead! There is a vehicle for everyone, not everyone loves the Buggati, Station Wagon, Corvette, or Mini-Van...you get the idea. This craft with a bit more refinements "Will Sell" in my opinion. Terriffic Job...keep pushing relentlessly forward...I will be looking for your team and production vehicle in the winners circle in the near future!
18th October, 2013 @ 2:26 p.m. (California Time)
Way to use crappy old technology to make something futuristic, guys.
2nd June, 2014 @ 11:34 a.m. (California Time)