Originally posted by PhoenixOD
At least with a plane when the motor goes wrong you have some small chance of gliding to a safe landing. Gyros and choppers just drop out of the sky.
Originally posted by beezzer
I have to add, with all honesty, I failed my first test for private pilot.....
The wife made me fess up.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
I watched the videos but supposedly and [I'm no chopper pilot so I wouldn't know for sure] but there is a technique that when a choppers engine cuts out to have a controlled crash landing which is [supposedly for trained pilot in that technique] pretty safe to do.
Maybe someone here at ATS with experience and knows what I'm talking about could chime in to clarify.edit on 9-7-2011 by SLAYER69 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by pplrnuts
Theres NO WAY I am flying in something which has fold-up wings for crying out loud.
Originally posted by Adyta
This isn't very practical... at all.
You need a pilots license to fly the thing, and a runway to take off and land. This isn't the flying car you saw in comic books and movies in the 80s... You wont be zipping around the skies like George Jetson.
Hell just look at the price tag... for that price you could buy yourself a plane, and a couple BMWs....
I don't even wanna imagine the cost of repairs and maintenance.edit on 7/9/2011 by Adyta because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by hounddoghowlie
no you just couldn't fly into town to the grocery store,or fly in to do a few earns. and having to file a flight plan every time you take off, well you might as well have a real plane.
i bet aircraft owners and enthusiast are laughing at this little thing.
Originally posted by Hessdalen
you want - you loose...i loose
but i thing the gyrocoptercar is much better because you can make a vertical start
edit on 9-7-2011 by Hessdalen because: mindcontrol
Terrafugia plans flight for Oshkosh
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Will there be a flying car at AirVenture 2011? Terrafugia officials are building two prototypes and hope one of them will be done in time to fly for the big EAA Oshkosh show. It is hoped, assuming all goes well during testing, that production can begin by the end of the year. The Terrafugia Transition, as it is called, is intended to cruise at 93 knots carrying a useful load of 460 pounds. Useable fuel is 23 gallons. On the road, the company predicts the two-place car, with its wings folded vertically like a bird, will get 35 miles per gallon. The high center of gravity created by the folded wings will bring interesting challenges when driving in high winds. A Rotax 912S powers it, and a full vehicle parachute is available.
Update 6/10: Schedule slips — Terrafugia said it will not have one of its prototypes done in time to fly for EAA AirVenture. Instead, the earliest a test flight could occur is March 2012, and deliveries will occur no earlier than late 2012.