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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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