Flying Vehicles 

Up and away: ‘Flying car’ nails vertical take-off in stunning test run (PHOTO, VIDEO)

The concept of ‘flying cars’ was once restricted to the realm of science fiction. Now a German aeronautics firm has taken a big step towards making it a reality. Lilium Aviation has successfully tested its all-electric vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) jet, stealing a march on rivals in the race to deliver the world’s first ‘flying car.’ READ MORE: Taxi drones set for July launch of passenger service over Dubai (VIDEO) Propelled by its 36 jet engines, the two-seater VTOL can reach a cruising speed of 300kph (186mph) and maintain that speed…

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Flying Vehicles 

PAL-V flying three-wheeler being prepped for take off

Dutch flying car developer PAL-V is aiming to make good on its promise to be first to market. Following successful test flights and concerted efforts to meet European and US road and aviation standards, the company has announced that its taking reservations for its dual-engined Liberty three-wheel gryocopter “After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards, determined by regulatory bodies around the world,” said Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V, in a press…

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LILLIUM: THE PRIVATE VTOL PLANE OF A QUIETER FUTURE

The European Space Agency is incubating a new kind of aircraft. Revealed today, the glossy, white, egg-like form of the craft resembles nothing so much as an airplane designed by Apple. The planned two-seater will be all-electric, built for personal use, and, thanks to pivoting engines, it can take off from helipads instead of runways. Dubbed Lillium, the craft when built is expected to travel at around 250 mph, faster than most helicopters but well below the speeds of private jets. The whole plane should fit comfortably in an area…

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Bonus Flying Vehicles 

TRICYCLE HOVERCRAFT WANTS TO LET YOU FLY LIKE A JEDI

Flike FLIKE, a tricycle hovercraft prototype The iconic speeder bikes from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi may be closer to reality than you thought. Made in Hungary by “a few flight enthusiasts at Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd,” the Flike is a flying hovering tricycle that reportedly went from concept to manned flight in nine months. Watch the Flike’s first manned flight below, complete with timer for how long it stays airborne: Flike is a six-rotor copters, with pairs of rotors mounted on each side of three prongs….

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Future of Transportation is here – THE MARTIN JETPACK

Established originally as a research and development company, the Martin Aircraft Company has evolved to become the world leader in Jetpack development and commercialisation. The Martin Jetpack has the pedigree of design ingenuity and innovation for which New Zealand is renowned. Designed to be the world’s safest light aircraft, its beautiful lines and eloquent engineering is backed by unparalleled high-powered performance and robust aeronautics resulting in a vehicle that is powerful, practical and unique. Initially conceived to be the ultimate in personal transportation, the Jetpack’s potential for alternative applications soon…

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Concepts Flying Vehicles 

The Street Wing electric flying car

For the electric, I call it the Street Wing. Because of the power loading requirements of gyroplanes and quadcopters and vertical takeoff, I’m focusing on an aircraft with wings and best possible range. It’s going to be a trike, which fits the motorcycle category on the ground. You’ll be able to drive it down the street no problem. It’ll have steering front wheels, which harkens back to the Zuck Planemobile. So the front wheels steer and the rear wheel is powered and rigid in its alignment. When you’re driving, that…

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AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car

aeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass…

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