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post #1 of 12 Old 04-04-2012, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Flying Car - Amazing!

I know there are some fellow aviators that would love to own something like this!

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-04-2012, 05:07 AM
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Very cool, though I find it hard to believe the line "on the ground it drives like a sports car".

Looks more like a flying motorbike to me, but what a great concept for beating rush hour.

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Awesome idea, it looks like a Carver with rotor blades, it even leans over like a Carver....I remember seeing Richard Hammond driving a Carver on Top Gear and thinking when that comes to the UK I'm buying one of those, then they dropped off the planet, any idea whatever happened to Carver guys?

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why would you ever drive it? what's the range? doesn't look like it can hold much fuel.



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I WANT ONE !!!!
So bad I just soiled myself.

Ed, you'd drive it to and from your takeoff point.

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it looked sorta like a helicopter. anyone know what is involved in getting it off the ground? looks like it took off and landed in a small space. wonder how hard it is to fly?



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It's a self-propelled Gyrocopter. The lift is supplied by a free-spinning rotor, and forward thrust is supplid by the little propeller in the back. They can take off and land in amazingly short distances.

To take off, you simply spin the rotor by hand and off you go.

They are very easy to fly.

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This was on our news the other day - supposedly they have enough orders to last a lifetime.

Cool factor - gotta have one!
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GyroCopter: VERY cool and want one. wonder what the pricing will be...his and hers as I see it as too bad there isn't a two seater for us.

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On the ground this slim, aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle has the comfort of a car with the agility of a motorcycle thanks to its patented, cutting-edge, ‘tilting’ system. It can be driven to the nearest airfield and take off just like any other airplane. The single rotor and propeller are unfolded to make the PAL-V ONE ready to fly.
When airborne, the PAL-V usually flies below 4,000 feet (1,200 m), the airspace available for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic; so there will be no interference from commercial air traffic. Furthermore, the PAL-V is powered by a very robust, flight certified aircraft engine. It runs on gasoline. It can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) both on land and in the air.
The PAL-V ONE has a very short take off and landing capability, making it possible to land practically anywhere. When not using controlled airspace, you can take off without filing a flight plan. Flying a PAL-V is like a standard gyrocopter. It is quieter than helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor. It takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and is very easy to control. The gyroplane technology means that it can be steered and landed safely even if the engine fails, because the rotor keeps auto rotating.

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Awesome idea, it looks like a Carver with rotor blades, it even leans over like a Carver....I remember seeing Richard Hammond driving a Carver on Top Gear and thinking when that comes to the UK I'm buying one of those, then they dropped off the planet, any idea whatever happened to Carver guys?
The Carver guys went out of business, the company went broke. IIRC it had something to dowith bancruptcy of one of the investors. I could check for you as I know a guy that was involved in the project. But it's for sure they seized to exist....

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Another option just got regulatory clearance and made it's first test fight too it appears

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Given a choice for the two, I'd prefer the gyro copter myself. Killer and I are both rated fixed wing and helicopter pilots, but I much prefer the gyro copter option for safety reasons assuming I could auto-rotate and land it in a parking lot.
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