Anyone who has designed a flying car so far, or tried to turn an airplane into a car, or a car into flying air, is no wonder they have failed, says John Brown, 48, who claims to have found a solution!
I still keep the napkin I drew on it, ”the Australian pilot recalled. “I had a vision of a flying catamaran four years ago, and I knew right away that double-hull technology could be a breakthrough. I faced countless problems but didn’t give up.
It took years for Brown to find all the professionals to coordinate air resistance and lightweight design, not to mention licensing. Eventually, he founded a company called Carplane in Germany. According to a provision therein, two-person aircraft with an unladen weight of less than 450 kilograms are considered to be ultralight and are exempt from cumbersome licensing. The consent of the flying club is sufficient for their take-off.
$ 110,000 – Brown says the Carplane, which will need an 85-meter straight stretch of road to ascend, wouldn’t be more expensive. With an electric motor, it would have a top speed of 175 kilometers per hour on the ground and 220 kilometers per hour in the air with a petrol motor, and 835 kilometers could be covered with it.
Its big advantage is that its wings bend to the edge at the touch of a button. The American 367 BiPod lags behind here, though designer Burt Rutan thought similarly to Brown. Catamaran-type body, hybrid engine, but the wings lie between the two cabins, they have to be mounted by hand before takeoff, which is quite cumbersome.
These will require another 3-4 years, but American Transition is already available and can be pre-ordered for 170000 usd. Its wings bend at the touch of a button, but it’s not a car rap, but a small airplane that can be turned into a car. Of course, road helicopters will also be included in the competition. The Dutch PAL-V promises to be agile both on the ground and in the air. With its three-wheeled cab, it can break on asphalt and between clouds at a speed of 185 km / h. The price is still a mystery, but it will definitely be cheaper than myCopter, which engineers at the German Max-Planck Institute work on, and from which it will be able to rise.
They come again, they try. Critics say everyone can buy plane tickets out of the money spent on aircraft, and the fact is that of the nearly two thousand attempts so far, only 300 have risen to the air and only one, Transition, has broken into the market.