Tag Archives: Personal Air Transport

Bell Helicopter Show Off Air Taxi, Bell Nexus, At CES 2019

The race to develop a viable on-demand air transportation is on. At last year’s CES, Bell Helicopter revealed the cabin of its vision of air taxi and at this year’s CES, the Texas helicopter maker follow up with a full-scale Bell Nexus prototype. Ermmm. OK. It is more like a full-scale model than a prototype with tilting and rotating rotors. If you really look at it, the Bell Nexus is really just another helicopter, but with six titling ducted fans instead of the usual main and tail rotor combo found on traditional helicopter. But hey, if they say it is an air taxi, then an air taxi it is then. Continue reading Bell Helicopter Show Off Air Taxi, Bell Nexus, At CES 2019

ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft Is Taking Pre-order, Again

Wait. What? The spectacular personal air transport ICON A5 that we featured years ago wasn’t delivered? Well, that is news to us. Apparently, not only has not been delivered, it now cost three times more over the original quoted price? Oh, wow. You see. That’s the problem with a blog like us. We have too much trust in humanity, but time and time again, humanity failed us (and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter sure have an impressive portfolio of such examples). Continue reading ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft Is Taking Pre-order, Again

Future Autonomous Taxi Is A Car That Is Also A Drone, But Not A Flying Car

Now this something we considered thinking out-of-the-box. When we think autonomous public transport, we often think self-driving car, self-driving bus, and autonomous drone. But Airbus, together with design studio Italdesign and Audi have come together to dream up a concept that is definitely not inside the box. The concept, called Pop.Up Next, can travel on regular roads and also take to the skies, but no, it is not quite a flying car. Continue reading Future Autonomous Taxi Is A Car That Is Also A Drone, But Not A Flying Car

Everyone Is Making A Hoverbike, But Hoversurf Is Ready To Sell You One

After revealing its Hoverbike to the world last year, Hoversurf’s flying motorbike was quickly inducted into Dubai Police Department. Fast forward to today, the company is taking pre-orders for what it called Hoverbike S3 2019 Limited Edition in the U.S. And the asking price? A grand $150,000 net. For that princely sum, you will get a rideable man-size drone with a carbon fiber monocoque frame wrapped in a body that resembles a sport bike, quad rotors with newly developed 3-blade carbon propellers, and a 12.3 kWh lithium manganese nickel (LiNiMnCoO2) hybrid battery system that affords up 25 minutes flight time on a single charge. Continue reading Everyone Is Making A Hoverbike, But Hoversurf Is Ready To Sell You One

This Is FlyDOO, A Steerable Personal Hot Air Balloon

When Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days in 1873, it was fantasy because, going round the globe in a hot air balloon was near impossible as it was at the mercy of the wind directions, but it would be plausible if the hot air balloon was this: FlyDOO. Dreamed up by a 36-year-old Italian living in France, Leandro Corradini, FlyDOO is an alternative personal air transport. Yes. You heard that right. A hot air balloon as a personal air transportation device. Continue reading This Is FlyDOO, A Steerable Personal Hot Air Balloon

Lee Rosario Literally Takes ‘Amphibious’ To The Next Level Of High

I am sure you know what an ‘amphibious vehicle’ is. In the automotive world, it means a vehicle capable of traversing the water and land, and vice versa, seamlessly, but Lee Rosario’s Hyperlight Aeros takes the meaning of ‘amphibious’ to the next level of high. To be more precise, the designer’s concept of ‘amphibious’ is taking it from under the water, as a submarine, straight into the air as an aircraft. Seriously, dude, this is 100% science fiction, but I absolutely love it! Continue reading Lee Rosario Literally Takes ‘Amphibious’ To The Next Level Of High

Aston Martin Wants To Fly Into The Future With Volante Vision Concept

In addition to dreaming up its own “flying taxi,” aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce is also working with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Cranfield University and UK’s luxury sports car marque, Aston Martin, on a “near future study” that explores autonomous hybrid-electric flying vehicle suitable for urban and inter-city air travel. Yes. You heard that right. Aston Martin is speeding ahead of its fellow automakers and jumping straight into the exploration of personal air transport to enable you to skip the congestion happening on the ground. Continue reading Aston Martin Wants To Fly Into The Future With Volante Vision Concept

Chinese Inventor Plans To Take His “Hoverbike” On A 3,400 Mi Journey

Colin Furze did it. Hoversurf did it too and even got it to be used by Dubai law enforcement department, and so did a bunch of others. We are talking about hoverbike, AKA drone bike. Recently, one Chinese inventor Zhao Deli, a drone technician by trade, joins the growing enthusiast-built flying motorcycles with a pretty ambitious plan. Deli has devoted the last two years, building and testing his four-rotor flying rig which, after 1,564 test flights, he think it is ready to take his flying contraption on a 3,400 miles (5,471 km) expedition along China’s Yellow River. Continue reading Chinese Inventor Plans To Take His “Hoverbike” On A 3,400 Mi Journey

Opener Unveiled BlackFly Flying Car, But It Really Is An Ultralight Aircraft

According to Wikipedia, a flying car is “a type of personal air vehicle or ‘roadable’ aircraft that provides door-to-door transportation by both ground and air.” So, what really is a flying car? My definition would be a car-like vehicle that flies. Whether or not it is roadable is non-consequential (think Fifth Element). But I guess my definition is not quite the reality because, a flying car is essentially a personal air transportation device as proven by Opener’s BlackFly. Continue reading Opener Unveiled BlackFly Flying Car, But It Really Is An Ultralight Aircraft

Rolls-Royce’s Idea Of Flying Taxi Is One That Has Rotors That Folds Away

Lets face it. The Fifth Element kind of flying cars is not going to realize anytime soon. Instead, you are looking at more conventional “fly cars” such as this one proposed by Rolls-Royce. The aircraft engine maker unveiled this concept personal air transportation at Farnborough Airshow. As you can see, it is a VTOL, short for vertical take-off and landing, and it is electric, hence the acronym EVTOL. Rolls-Royce said its proposed EVTOL could be use as a personal transport, public transport, logistics and adaptable to military applications. Continue reading Rolls-Royce’s Idea Of Flying Taxi Is One That Has Rotors That Folds Away