Tag Archives: Personal Air Transport

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

Some Guys Built A Manned Flying Bathtub, Flew It To Buy A Bread

There are YouTubers who love to take risks and then there are YouTubers who take risks with things they have made. Germany YouTubers, The Real Life Guys, belongs to the latter, which kind of made them super cool. Super cool because, they have made a working submarine, design and built a variety of flying contraptions, including manned ones, and made a bathtub fly. The last one is especially cool because, it is actually a manned drone, which kind of makes it an aircraft. Continue reading Some Guys Built A Manned Flying Bathtub, Flew It To Buy A Bread

Who Needs A Drone When You Can Fly A Mosquito Helicopter To Work?

How much time does it take for you to get from your suburban, luxurious mansion to your office in downtown during peak hours? I know right. It felt like forever. Well, if you want to make getting stuck in the traffic a thing of the past, my suggestion is, go check if you office tower has a helipad. Next, clear out your lawn of everything and if possible, get it cemented. After you do those, head down to Composite FX and order yourself a Mosquito XE Single Seat Helicopter and your stuck-in-traffic ordeal will be history. OK. To be honest, I am not sure if you can do that because the XE line of Mosquito helis is actually marketed as “affordable, high performance machine for helicopter enthusiasts,” and therefore, I am not sure if it qualifies as a proper air transportation. Continue reading Who Needs A Drone When You Can Fly A Mosquito Helicopter To Work?

Hoversurf’s Hoverbike Gets Inducted Into Dubai Police Department

In a short few months since the revealing of the real-life functional hoverbike, Hoversurf has apparently secured a deal to provide Dubai Police Department with the company’s low altitude flying machines for cop duties. However, don’t expect the Hoversurf to do pursuit duties though. It obviously won’t cut it in several departments. This ain’t no real-life The Fifth Element, yet. The Middle East kingdom’s police department has better vehicles, namely Bugatti, that will do better than zipping at 43 mph (70 km/h), albeit not sixteen feet in the air, and the Bugatti can definitely do a lot more than 25 minutes run while carrying way more than 660 lbs (300 kilograms) of gear. Continue reading Hoversurf’s Hoverbike Gets Inducted Into Dubai Police Department

Guy Builds Working ‘Hoverbike’ In Just Three Weeks In His Garage

Folks, this is FlytCycle, a garage-built ‘hoverbike’ that took mere three weeks to take it from nothing to flight. The project started sometime in late April and completed in May, but by July, this flying contraption has already clocked in numerous test flights. Powered by no less than ten electric motors, arranged in a two-tier setup, FlytCycle’s latest flight test proved that it is extremely stable in low level flight and hover, and it is well capable of flying a human operator. While FlytCycle did get an instrument panel of sort and a proper seat complete with arm rests, it does not, however, come with a proper flight sticks like an actual should have at this point. Continue reading Guy Builds Working ‘Hoverbike’ In Just Three Weeks In His Garage

DeLorean ‘Flying Car’ Is Not The DeLorean You Have Come To Expect

DeLorean did not promised us flying cars, but Back to the Future II sure planted that idea into our head. Since then, companies and individuals have not stop trying to make car fly, which now apparently includes the DeLorean. Wait, what? A flying DeLorean? A very interesting prospect that piqued a BTTF fan like me. But unfortunately, it won’t be the DeLorean DMC-12 that will fly. In fact, John DeLorean, the person responsible for the made-famous-by-movie iconic ride, is not behind this ambitious endeavor. Instead, it is Paul DeLorean, the legend’s nephew, and his startup DeLorean Aerospace, who will be making a flying DeLorean a reality. Continue reading DeLorean ‘Flying Car’ Is Not The DeLorean You Have Come To Expect

Manned Flight Of A 76-Motor Multicopter Is Simply Mind-blowing

We have not been tracking the scary yet cool manned multicopter flight for a while. A year on, it has transitioned from an intimidating flying contraption into something a lot less scarier. However, it does not mean it is any less dangerous; it still is and so, unless you know what you are doing, do not attempt to do the same at home. Also, it has became a lot bigger. Instead of eight exposed rotors setup in a longish setup, it now takes on a quadcopter layout but instead of four motors, each quadrant has a whopping 19 Turnigy Multistar Elite 5010-274Kv outrunner motors. Continue reading Manned Flight Of A 76-Motor Multicopter Is Simply Mind-blowing

This Is The First “Flying Car” By Larry Page-backed Startup, Kitty Hawk

Another day, another “flying car,” but like the Lilium Jet, this Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page-backed personal flight startup, Kitty Hawk’s first flyer is not quite a flying car. Sorry, I disagree with our source cos’ nowhere in the company’s website did it reference itself as a flying car startup. The Mountain View, California-based company’s mission is to, in its own words, “engineer, design and build safe, fun, easy-to-fly aircraft.” So flying car, it is obviously not. The notion of a flying car is a personal transportation device that flies, possibly at low altitude, and also have the ability to travel on normal roads and likely, can be parked within one’s garage, or any regular parking space. Continue reading This Is The First “Flying Car” By Larry Page-backed Startup, Kitty Hawk

All-electric 300mi Range VTOL “Flying Car” Made Successful Maiden Flight

Ok. The Lilium Jet Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft (VTOL) from Munich-based aviation company, Lilium Aviation, is not quite a flying car; rather, it is a full-fledged electric aircraft, or more specifically, an electric VTOL. Clearly, not the first (NASA was among the first, albeit in scaled form), but it is a baby step for mankind’s dream of an emission-free and possibly, autonomous, personal air transport. Then again, it isn’t the first to pitch the VTOL idea; we have seen a bunch of them and as far as autonomous goes, China’s EHang already have that covered. Continue reading All-electric 300mi Range VTOL “Flying Car” Made Successful Maiden Flight