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2013-08-20 06:42:36 PM  
No, that's not a flying car. It's a driving plane.
 
2013-08-20 06:46:24 PM  
Ha, beat them to it!

blog.pepecar.com

/ pat. pending
 
2013-08-20 06:48:24 PM  
It's got a clean little cockpit, though.

I noticed that the aircraft is flown by stick... not the wheel acting as a yolk. Wonder what the design issue was that they didn't integrate the ground control and flight control into a single unit. With properly designed wheel pants, the turning ground wheels should have very little impact on aerodynamics at that dinky speed.
 
2013-08-20 06:55:41 PM  
1. Geeksaresexy is a shiatty, foul, nerd-pandering  ass-boil of a website.

2. Its a overweight plane that can turn into a cramped, fragile car.

3. Move to a airplane community.
www.ricfelder.com
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.
 
2013-08-20 06:57:00 PM  
I don't see the dead hooker storage trunk I asked for.
 
2013-08-20 06:58:57 PM  
Actually no, I am not happy.  I won't be happy until my flying car resembles something like  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRFRxErGDaI
 
2013-08-20 06:59:14 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: 1. Geeksaresexy is a shiatty, foul, nerd-pandering  ass-boil of a website.

2. Its a overweight plane that can turn into a cramped, fragile car.

3. Move to a airplane community.
[www.ricfelder.com image 600x400]
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.


Civil aviation - sitting through an hour of deafening noise to eat a bad hamburger at an airport restaurant in the middle of nowhere.  And then doing it again to go home and be $300 poorer.
 
2013-08-20 07:00:30 PM  
Circa 1949:

www.macroindustries.com
 
2013-08-20 07:08:19 PM  
It has wings! What kind of lame flying car is that? I want VTOL and ducted fans. Or anti-gravity. Whichever comes first.

BTW, if this car is in a road accident, does one have to contact the NTSB? lol
 
2013-08-20 07:10:50 PM  
That's an airplane with a steering wheel. I hope it crashes.
 
2013-08-20 07:11:05 PM  
Flying car? How 'bout a hoverboard, futureboy.

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-20 07:11:16 PM  
Only if it will be delivered by pneumatic tube.

/in the world of to-morrooow!
 
2013-08-20 07:12:42 PM  
Yes, I want a $300,000 car that I will be scared to leave in the parking lot of any store and afraid that any pothole is a $10,000 repair.

I want a $300,000 car that will cause traffic jams should I try to drive it anywhere.

I want a $300,000 car no car company will insure.

Sounds awesome.
 
2013-08-20 07:18:45 PM  
i.imgur.com

No blind spots. Should be easy to drive.

And what's a minor fender bender in this thing anyways? Certainly I would never be worried about a small fender bender screwing up control surfaces, or breaking my landing gear, or jamming controls.

I'm not even going to worry about kids crawling on the thing when I park it at a store.

This thing will never be driven anywhere except from hangar to runway.

And Terrafugia's real market these days is the military, so if you like the $300K terrafugia, enjoy paying  for the $3,000,000 milspec version.
 
2013-08-20 07:22:15 PM  
albuquerquehalsey:


3. Move to a airplane community.
[www.ricfelder.com image 600x400]
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.


That's some Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas shiat right there.

Bonus: Buy multiple planes, so you can parachute out solo.

www.gamearena.com.au

www.meridian.k12.il.us

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-08-20 07:22:56 PM  

Amish Tech Support: I don't see the dead hooker storage trunk I asked for.


It has a jettison button on the dash. You strap her to the wing, fly out over a lake, and release. Ta-da!
 
2013-08-20 07:25:05 PM  

noitsnot: albuquerquehalsey: 1. Geeksaresexy is a shiatty, foul, nerd-pandering  ass-boil of a website.

2. Its a overweight plane that can turn into a cramped, fragile car.

3. Move to a airplane community.
[www.ricfelder.com image 600x400]
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.

Civil aviation - sitting through an hour of deafening noise to eat a bad hamburger at an airport restaurant in the middle of nowhere.  And then doing it again to go home and be $300 poorer.


One of my favorite "middle of nowhere" airports that I used to get to fly into on a regular basis:
www.aerialphs.com

Skip the burger, though, get the conch fritters.
 
2013-08-20 07:26:45 PM  
Capt. Sisko does NOT consider this a flying car.
 
2013-08-20 07:26:51 PM  
Judging by the video, it tracks like shiat, nothing but sail area. Probably sucks more as a car than it does as a plane.
 
2013-08-20 07:30:58 PM  
Meh, I want cybernetic arms that give me super-strength instead.
 
2013-08-20 07:31:45 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: No, that's not a flying car. It's a driving plane.


This.

RoyBatty: This thing will never be driven anywhere except from hangar to runway.


And this.
 
2013-08-20 07:34:39 PM  
 
2013-08-20 07:52:22 PM  

TanSau: timujin: noitsnot: albuquerquehalsey: 1. Geeksaresexy is a shiatty, foul, nerd-pandering  ass-boil of a website.

2. Its a overweight plane that can turn into a cramped, fragile car.

3. Move to a airplane community.
[www.ricfelder.com image 600x400]
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.

Civil aviation - sitting through an hour of deafening noise to eat a bad hamburger at an airport restaurant in the middle of nowhere.  And then doing it again to go home and be $300 poorer.

One of my favorite "middle of nowhere" airports that I used to get to fly into on a regular basis:
[www.aerialphs.com image 475x600]

Skip the burger, though, get the conch fritters.

Ah, Marathon. Just another part of suburbia now.


Is it? I haven't been there in a long time, but I loved the place.
 
2013-08-20 07:57:58 PM  
I'm never happy...
 
2013-08-20 08:04:33 PM  

mpfjr: Actually no, I am not happy.  I won't be happy until my flying car resembles something like  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRFRxErGDaI


I'm with you.

Can't see where you could screw a non-aereoeo dynamicalness license plate though.

Lotta anger in this thread though, whew!
Especially the upper crusty people.  Arrogance off his leash again?
Yikes
 
2013-08-20 08:23:21 PM  
I won't be happy until there is a flying Ford Anglia.
 
2013-08-20 08:23:49 PM  
They were originally priced at 140k, half the price they're asking for them today. That's a lot of sticker shock to absorb for the people that initially left the10k  deposit to purchase one.
It's a cool little plane, I appreciate all the design work and engineering that went into it, but that's a lot of money for what it is.

Anyone want to meet at Flabob for lunch?
 
2013-08-20 08:25:02 PM  
Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.
 
2013-08-20 08:28:13 PM  
farm4.staticflickr.com

Taken at EAA Oshkosh

farm3.staticflickr.com

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-20 08:50:23 PM  
No. Flying cars suck. Thanks for not providing better virtual reality by now, you, who are responsible for my happy experience on planet Earth.
 
2013-08-20 09:02:59 PM  
Nope.  Wouldn't drive nor fly it.  It looks horrid.

I want a Jetsons style car with the bubble windshield just like the one George flew/drove.  And it needs to make that sound.  Only then will I be happy with a flying car.  Until then, I will drive my Toyota and fantasize about flying cars.  Otherwise, I will accept a jet-pack for use in the warmer months.

/is Cogswell Cogs currently hiring?  I was just laid off from Spacely Sprockets.
 
2013-08-20 09:05:24 PM  
It's a flying POS.
 
2013-08-20 09:14:22 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: It has wings! What kind of lame flying car is that? I want VTOL and ducted fans. Or anti-gravity. Whichever comes first.

BTW, if this car is in a road accident, does one have to contact the NTSB? lol


I think it is worse than that, planes require all sorts of checks and inspections and certifications. If I recall correctly even a minor bump would require a complete inspection of the craft. You wouldnt be able to park it anywhere or drive it very far without being wealthy enough to have a six pack of them at home.

I think the flying car will remain a pipe dream until they can eliminate wings entirely.
 
2013-08-20 09:16:14 PM  

specialkae: And it needs to make that sound.


When I get my electric car, end of the decade it's been promised, I'm going to hack it so it does make that sound.
 
2013-08-20 09:16:16 PM  
Do they not have rental cars where you land planes?
 
2013-08-20 09:18:59 PM  

S.A.S.Q.U.A.T.C.H.: albuquerquehalsey:


3. Move to a airplane community.
[www.ricfelder.com image 600x400]
A development where the garages and roads are deigned so you can taxi your plane from a nearby runway directly to your home. Sure it's expensive, but any version of a flying car will cost so much that your middle-class ass will not be able to afford one.

That's some Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas shiat right there.

Bonus: Buy multiple planes, so you can parachute out solo.

[www.gamearena.com.au image 501x282]

[www.meridian.k12.il.us image 500x350]

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 495x372]


Thats some freshmen stuff right there. Try Just Cause 2...... the only game where you can bail out of a fighter jet and hijack a gulf stream in mid air...... Plus the scenery is better.
 
2013-08-20 09:19:23 PM  
How much gas does it need to run?
 
2013-08-20 09:39:42 PM  
farkers, why don't those quadcopter things scale up, seems like that could be closer  to our expectations than this plane w/a steering wheel
 
2013-08-20 09:44:59 PM  
I can barely get out of a Target parking lot without being hit by some texting idiot . We don't need cars falling from the sky too.
 
2013-08-20 09:50:48 PM  

TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.


You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-20 09:51:01 PM  
Here's George Jetson !!!

NO, I am not happy, even Rosie would say that wasn't a flying car, but a crappy tincan plane...
 
2013-08-20 09:53:06 PM  
Thanks, doll.
 
2013-08-20 09:53:26 PM  

Headso: farkers, why don't those quadcopter things scale up, seems like that could be closer  to our expectations than this plane w/a steering wheel


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2017062404/b-go-beyond

i.imgur.com

RC vehicle kickstarter that can drive or fly and he has plans to scale it up.
 
2013-08-20 09:54:05 PM  

Headso: farkers, why don't those quadcopter things scale up, seems like that could be closer  to our expectations than this plane w/a steering wheel


electric motors and batteries haven't caught up, and IC engines have too much of a RPM and torque curve to work like that. The quad coptors work because there is a brain on there making thousands of calculations a second to keep them stable and airborne, the Pilots commands are merely suggestions.

An IC engines and mechanical linkage controls cannot keep up
 
2013-08-20 09:55:57 PM  
Samson Switchblade

i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-20 09:58:41 PM  

kimwim: specialkae: And it needs to make that sound.

When I get my electric car, end of the decade it's been promised, I'm going to hack it so it does make that sound.


Same here. I believe the market will be huge.
 
2013-08-20 09:58:59 PM  

RoyBatty: Samson Switchblade

[i.imgur.com image 849x529]
[i.imgur.com image 850x495]


I want one of those.  Not the pos in the article.
 
2013-08-20 10:00:51 PM  
i'll take one, and cannot wait until the engine starts--so it can drown out that annoying so-called music that the video keeps playing.
 
2013-08-20 10:03:48 PM  

Bucky Katt: RoyBatty: Samson Switchblade

[i.imgur.com image 849x529]
[i.imgur.com image 850x495]

I want one of those.  Not the pos in the article.


Yeah, I'll take two Switchblades in complementary colors, one Icon, one Maverick, and I'll toss in $1,000 to the highest tier level of "B the flying [RC toy] car"
 
2013-08-20 10:07:17 PM  
Deckard and Gaff are not impressed.

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-20 10:22:16 PM  
Somebody tell me how "flying cars" are any kind of improvement.

How about instead, we work on virtual reality? Oh, nevermind.
 
2013-08-20 10:31:44 PM  

RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)


You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.
 
2013-08-20 10:32:46 PM  

ElLoco: It's got a clean little cockpit, though.

I noticed that the aircraft is flown by stick... not the wheel acting as a yolk. Wonder what the design issue was that they didn't integrate the ground control and flight control into a single unit. With properly designed wheel pants, the turning ground wheels should have very little impact on aerodynamics at that dinky speed.


a) Yoke.
b) Please stop writing. You make my head hurt.
 
2013-08-20 10:43:06 PM  

fatbear: RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.


I haven't looked for awhile, but anytime you want to fly to the lake near me, I'll buy the burgers!
 
2013-08-20 10:48:00 PM  
I'm incredibly happy!  Wheee I'm flying!  I'm James Bond!  A dream finally has come....uh oh....

*looks at altometer at 10,000 feet and immediately transforms into "I have no idea what I'm doing" helipcopter dog*
 
2013-08-20 10:54:30 PM  
That's not a flying car.  It's a driving plane.
 
2013-08-20 10:59:15 PM  
Aviation geek thread!

The Transition has been reported on for some time now, but the EAA event was the first time it was publicly displayed.  It's an extremely interesting concept, but I can't help but feel like it's more of a toy than a functional replacement for a car and airplane, especially given the cost for what is, in essence, an overweight LSA in terms of flying and a shoehorned car that is difficult to insure, expensive to repair, and has a number of blind spots.  Still, It's a solid first step and something that I have been following.

I'm holding out for their next generation, the TF-X:  a hybrid, tilt-rotor, VTOL roadable aircraft that is fully automated and can take off and land with 500' clearance.  It's still in the design stages, though.

/Just a simple student pilot puttering around in a 38 year old Cessna 150.
 
2013-08-20 11:00:08 PM  

PsyLord: That's not a flying car.  It's a driving plane.


Way to bookend the thread...
 
2013-08-20 11:02:02 PM  

imageshack.com



I would rather have the flying dune buggy.
 
2013-08-20 11:35:12 PM  

RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.

I haven't looked for awhile, but anytime you want to fly to the lake near me, I'll buy the burgers!


It'll be awhile. I was quoted a 2018 delivery date. I think about 1/2 of the 1,000+ people in front of me will bail, but I also think production will slip so I think 2018 is reasonable. I might have to build a Full Lotus AirCam between now and then.
 
2013-08-20 11:45:13 PM  

fatbear: RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.

I haven't looked for awhile, but anytime you want to fly to the lake near me, I'll buy the burgers!

It'll be awhile. I was quoted a 2018 delivery date. I think about 1/2 of the 1,000+ people in front of me will bail, but I also think production will slip so I think 2018 is reasonable. I might have to build a Full Lotus AirCam between now and then.


About 15 years ago, I was living in Berkeley, commuting to Palo Alto, and semi-seriously looking into buying an ultralight floatplane. I imagined I could take off from the Berkeley Aquatic Park, and land down near Shoreline Amphitheater, and thought I could sell sponsorships to the various hi tech outfits and pay to have wings with their logos on them.

Yeah, that was a semi-serious plan of mine....
 
2013-08-20 11:47:30 PM  

ArthurGumby: Aviation geek thread!

The Transition has been reported on for some time now, but the EAA event was the first time it was publicly displayed.  It's an extremely interesting concept, but I can't help but feel like it's more of a toy than a functional replacement for a car and airplane, especially given the cost for what is, in essence, an overweight LSA in terms of flying and a shoehorned car that is difficult to insure, expensive to repair, and has a number of blind spots.  Still, It's a solid first step and something that I have been following.

I'm holding out for their next generation, the TF-X:  a hybrid, tilt-rotor, VTOL roadable aircraft that is fully automated and can take off and land with 500' clearance.  It's still in the design stages, though.

/Just a simple student pilot puttering around in a 38 year old Cessna 150.


Actually, one version or another has been in the open for quite a few years. Airventure was the first time the conforming prototype was flown "in public," although anyone who wanted to see it or the earlier versions fly could just stop by KPBG and watch as far back as 2009. It's been on "public" static display for a few years at airshows.

The TF-X will suffer the same problem as all other VTOL aircraft: noise.
 
2013-08-20 11:49:45 PM  

RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.

I haven't looked for awhile, but anytime you want to fly to the lake near me, I'll buy the burgers!

It'll be awhile. I was quoted a 2018 delivery date. I think about 1/2 of the 1,000+ people in front of me will bail, but I also think production will slip so I think 2018 is reasonable. I might have to build a Full Lotus AirCam between now and then.

About 15 years ago, I was living in Berkeley, commuting to Palo Alto, and semi-seriously looking into buying an ultralight floatplane. I imagined I could take off from the Berkeley Aquatic Park, and land down near Shoreline Amphitheater, and thought I could sell sponsorships to the various hi tech outfits and pay to have wings with their logos on them.

Yeah, that was a semi-serious plan of mine....


Most sponsors don't like non-exhibiting non-professional aircraft sponsorships. They know the most exposure they'll get is when a great shot of your non-crumpled wing with their logo dead center is displayed on the six-o'clock news.

/not commenting on you specifically as a pilot, just on advertising and aviation
 
2013-08-20 11:55:55 PM  
fatbear: [snip]

Actually, one version or another has been in the open for quite a few years. Airventure was the first time the conforming prototype was flown "in public," although anyone who wanted to see it or the earlier versions fly could just stop by KPBG and watch as far back as 2009. It's been on "public" static display for a few years at airshows.

The TF-X will suffer the same problem as all other VTOL aircraft: noise.


Ah, I didn't know that.  I thought it had just been through press releases and YouTube videos until then.  Flying Magazine seemed pretty unimpressed by its performance as an aircraft.  I still think that the Transition and TF-X are good working concepts for something bigger.

By the way, I was hoping to make Airventure, but had to cancel due to work schedules.  I'll have to plan ahead for 2014.
 
2013-08-20 11:57:40 PM  

fatbear: RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: fatbear: RoyBatty: TommyDeuce: Might be interesting for trailering to the airport.  I could see interesting things with a version that skipped the wheels and went for a flying boat type of hull.  Might be a nice addition to a high end yacht.

You need to visit iconaircraft.com. Designed by an Israeli F-16 pilot to be fun, trailerable and about $100K (when I last looked)

You haven't looked in a while. My contract is for $189.000, adjusted at 3% or CPI/year.

I haven't looked for awhile, but anytime you want to fly to the lake near me, I'll buy the burgers!

It'll be awhile. I was quoted a 2018 delivery date. I think about 1/2 of the 1,000+ people in front of me will bail, but I also think production will slip so I think 2018 is reasonable. I might have to build a Full Lotus AirCam between now and then.

About 15 years ago, I was living in Berkeley, commuting to Palo Alto, and semi-seriously looking into buying an ultralight floatplane. I imagined I could take off from the Berkeley Aquatic Park, and land down near Shoreline Amphitheater, and thought I could sell sponsorships to the various hi tech outfits and pay to have wings with their logos on them.

Yeah, that was a semi-serious plan of mine....

Most sponsors don't like non-exhibiting non-professional aircraft sponsorships. They know the most exposure they'll get is when a great shot of your non-crumpled wing with their logo dead center is displayed on the six-o'clock news.

/not commenting on you specifically as a pilot, just on advertising and aviation


I am certain that's the case. In my semi-serious plan though, I figured that just flying twice a day down 880 or 101 for six months or so would eventually land me on the various news programs turning me into enough of a known Bay Area Kook, I mean known Bay Area Nerd that eventually the Raiders/CISCO/Google/49ers or a porn site would pay for my next set of wings.

/Really hate traffic on the 880.
 
2013-08-21 12:28:23 AM  
RoyBatty:
I am certain that's the case. In my semi-serious plan though, I figured that just flying twice a day down 880 or 101 for six months or so would eventually land me on the various news programs turning me into enough of a known Bay Area Kook, I mean known Bay Area Nerd that eventually the Raiders/CISCO/Google/49ers or a porn site would pay for my next set of wings.

/Really hate traffic on the 880.


re: porn site
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if goldenpalace.com would pony up a few thousand for ad space.

/hate traffic on the (fill in the blank) which is why I live nowhere near the (fill in the blank)
 
2013-08-21 12:33:31 AM  

ArthurGumby: fatbear: [snip]

Actually, one version or another has been in the open for quite a few years. Airventure was the first time the conforming prototype was flown "in public," although anyone who wanted to see it or the earlier versions fly could just stop by KPBG and watch as far back as 2009. It's been on "public" static display for a few years at airshows.

The TF-X will suffer the same problem as all other VTOL aircraft: noise.

Ah, I didn't know that.  I thought it had just been through press releases and YouTube videos until then.  Flying Magazine seemed pretty unimpressed by its performance as an aircraft.  I still think that the Transition and TF-X are good working concepts for something bigger.

By the way, I was hoping to make Airventure, but had to cancel due to work schedules.  I'll have to plan ahead for 2014.


Yep, I laid hands on it at Sun n Fun 2009 right after it first flew. I figured it was always going to be a pig - too much weight. It fills a very small niche, but nobody else fills it. I figure they'll be able to sell 50 or so a year, which is great for a small GA company.

The Samson Switchblade seems to be a knock-it-out-of-the-park home run flying roadable vehicle, if you believe their press releases. I predict significant delays in actually engineering the folding wings & hinge mechanism once they get to full-scale prototyping.
 
2013-08-21 02:03:37 AM  
No I'm not happy, flying cars are stupid and impractical, I'd much rather we have inductive charging coils under all our streets. Screw batteries, getting my juice from the road makes way more sense. Instead of paying for gas you pay a tax for juicing up the roads. Yes, batteries(or gas) would be needed for rural areas but most paved roads could be converted.
 
2013-08-21 02:08:41 AM  

RoyBatty: Headso: farkers, why don't those quadcopter things scale up, seems like that could be closer  to our expectations than this plane w/a steering wheel

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2017062404/b-go-beyond

[i.imgur.com image 587x377]

RC vehicle kickstarter that can drive or fly and he has plans to scale it up.


That's more my idea of what a flying car should be able to do. Vertical lift off from almost any roadway, set it down on the road again wherever there's room. Roll or fly off into the sunset.
 
2013-08-21 06:46:08 AM  
What about that qualifies as a car? The fact that it has four wheels?
 
2013-08-21 08:01:28 AM  
Is this the thread where we complain about being let down by the prototype of a feat of engineering formerly considered impossible? Ok, good.

Because I want to know where the fark my spinning rims and purple underlighting are. And tint those windows, goddamn. Don't need every pilot in the sky to know when you're burning some trees in the cockpit.
 
2013-08-21 09:03:30 AM  

Bandito King: Is this the thread where we complain about being let down by the prototype of a feat of engineering formerly considered impossible? Ok, good.


The last time it was considered impossible was 1903. It's been considered impractical since then.

This "prototype" has approximately the same performance (speed, payload, range) as the flying car built 67 years ago. Cars have progressed significantly since then. Airplanes have progressed significantly. Carplanes still suck.

So - yeah, we're disappointed.
 
2013-08-21 09:05:08 AM  

abhorrent1: What about that qualifies as a car? The fact that it has four wheels?


Not much gets by you, does it?
 
2013-08-21 02:50:55 PM  

skikvt: [imageshack.com image 608x466]

I would rather have the flying dune buggy.


That is insanely more probable/plausable than most ideas for drivable planes out there, in that scary almost-feasable way of the inventions on the Red Green Show.  Although, my dream flying buggy would be sort of like the current version of Autobot Sandstorm:
tfwiki.net
Just the two vehicle modes, no robot mode.
Or a working Chitty-chitty Bang-bang.

/careful, Hot!
 
2013-08-21 04:57:09 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: skikvt: [imageshack.com image 608x466]

I would rather have the flying dune buggy.

That is insanely more probable/plausable than most ideas for drivable planes out there, in that scary almost-feasable way of the inventions on the Red Green Show.  Although, my dream flying buggy would be sort of like the current version of Autobot Sandstorm:
[tfwiki.net image 850x658]
Just the two vehicle modes, no robot mode.
Or a working Chitty-chitty Bang-bang.

/careful, Hot!


Wow, remember when Transformers toys didn't look like dog shiat?
 
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