- ModeratorNovember 13, 2022 at 9:38 am
“We did not break the rules of physics, we fooled them.,,,The whole car becomes a wing,” Alef Aeronautics CEO Jim Dukhovny says of the company’s design for a flying car. Call me a skeptic; I’ll believe it when I see it flying. $300,000 projected. It does use hub motors for the road. The whole concept is problematic, given FAA regulations.
- MemberNovember 15, 2022 at 5:26 pm
With how I see people drive (routinely breaking the rules of the road, on their 🤬 cell phones, etc.) and how lots of people maintain their vehicles, I would not trust the common person with the dimension that is altitude!
- MemberNovember 16, 2022 at 5:58 am
One advantage, on the ground they can crash their cars a hundred times, in the air they can only do it once.
- MemberNovember 16, 2022 at 8:28 am
Sandy Monro is pretty hep on the VTOL market that could emerge sometime in the next decade.
The thing folks don’t quite grasp is that VTOLs will almost certainly be autopiloted vehicles for just the reason stated.
As an aside, the production process for VTOLs are very similar to that of Aptera and given the tools used by Aptera are extremely adaptable, I suspect that these products could be built in the same factories with similar but different parts.
- MemberNovember 16, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Aptera (actually apteros) is Wingless in Greek. Sticking with the theme a vtol from them should be called Fterota (actually Fterotós). Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
- MemberNovember 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm
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