Hey it's 2021 - when do I get my danged FLYING CAR already?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Life' started by W7UUU, Sep 21, 2021.

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  1. KA0USE

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    the only difference is the car has 2 more tires.

    how do you switch from one drive shaft to the other?
  2. KP4SX

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    Call me old fashioned. I'll stick with the ground vehicle.
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  3. KL7AJ

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    My dad worked for Stan Hiller beginning in about 1948, and Stan was certain there's be a helicopter in every garage by 1960. Didn't quite work out that way.
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  4. KL7AJ

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  5. KG4RRH

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    Let's not forget 007 -


    That's Doug Duncan's picture of the AVE Mizar, a real flying car that was to be used in the flight scenes. Someone told me that they couldn't make the Ford Pinto above look remotely like the ANC Matador or make it look "appropriate " for the charactor in the movie. The backend of the aircraft is from a Cessna Skymaster IIRC.
  6. W0IS

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    The flying car has been around for over a century now. It was invented by a couple of bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio.
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  7. UT7UX

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    Helicopters have unique (and obvious) advantages and disadvantages. North America (and the United States in particular) is giant so mostly out of range of an average helicopter one could imagine to be bought for an average household. Still a helicopter requires PPL that is harder to get than driving license and helicopter's operating costs are incomparable higher than average car's. Stan had a really good dream that, sadly, could never been realized. Except some cases inexpensive (relatively, though) private helicopters mostly remain toys. I mean the toys almost everyone is dreaming to own. Meanwhile inexpensive (again relatively) planes could be a transport, not just a bare hobby. One could fly over Alaska where roads may be absent (which is excellent in terms of ecology and nature preservation), one could fly to Caribbean for weekends, and so on.
    In Europe the situation is much worse. Sure enthusiasts get their PPLs and fly for fun but their planes are not a transport in fact. While in the US are many plane-friendly villages with own lane and sometimes with a dispatcher so one can start one's trip right from own house and finish the trip right at buddy's home somewhere in few hundreds or even thousands of miles, in Europe almost no one can land right in front of one's barn. I'm not familiar with what's going on in other continents still I believe Australia has to be good place for small private aircraft as a transport.

    IMO today flying cars are almost impossible. Automotive safety standards are as high as never before and require a car to have indestructible passenger cage (heavyweight, mostly steel frame in an average car), programmed deformation zones (mostly bulky in terms of a plane and again heavyweight), and multiple mandatory safety systems (that add more weight too). So the car has to be inconveniently small (to keep the weight affordable for a plane), to lack internal trim (weight again), to lack anything except mandatory by DOT or appropriate services in any particular country. Meanwhile the same car counted as the plane remains pretty suboptimal in terms of anything. With advancing the technology we're getting advanced safety standards that neutralize tech achievements with their restrictions and added weight, and brake flying car concepts on the same place they were having being introduced dozens years ago.
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  8. N0TZU

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    I wasn't too impressed watching the video. It gave the impression of cruising only a little above stall speed, and the "gear" didn't seem to have much spring in it on landing. I'd be afraid to fly it except in perfectly calm conditions. I wonder what the claimed performance specs are, especially useful load and the speeds.

    Here's a "first world" problem: If some knucklehead (maybe the owner) dents it in a parking lot, it's going to be grounded until an A&P mechanical can look at it and determine it's airworthiness.

    Widespread flying cars are "only a few years in the future" but, sadly, always will be.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2021
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  9. WF7A

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    So if flying cars catch on, will we have four-lane Victor airways?

    Sorry, but if you're not a pilot then you won't get that.

    As entertaining a notion as flying cars is, they wouldn't be practical--people tend to bring a lot of stuff with them when they run errands or go to/from the airport--all the extra weight would keep flying cars from taking off, including many a mother-in-law.
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  10. UT7UX

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    The term 'ballast' is more common in ballooning and among zeppelin crew I think. Still an aircraft should benefit from the ballast drop too. :rolleyes:
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