posted on Oct, 26 2016 @ 10:29 AM
a reply to: Blackfinger
I think that the thing everyone seems to miss about all of these "flying car" proposals is that there's no way to get FAA certification with anywhere
near the complexity of zee.aero's designs and end up with a system that costs you even as little as $500k apiece.
Take the Terrafugia transition. As an aircraft, it's barely a light sport aircraft, and yet it still costs north of $300k because of FAA certifying
all the extra tech that goes into making it possible to drive/park it anywhere other than on a tarmac.
Add VTOL and AI-augmented piloting to that package, and suddenly a turbine Enstrom or Robinson starts to seem like an "affordable" alternative.
And there's no way to pull that cost down without seriously compromising safety (which the FAA will never allow), and so you end up with a system
where even a Part 91-friendly fractional ownership scheme ends up costing you the better part of what fractional ownership of a JetRanger or PC-12
costs, making buying a Tesla P85D look cheap, and making the personal VTOL aircraft an economic impossibility for ~99.5% of the US population.