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#1 chris pochari

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:34

Wondering if anybody here has heard of the PAL V gyrocopter car?

https://www.pal-v.co...characteristics

The rotor blades fold when the aircraft converts to driving mode, that's pretty amazing.

What's the engineering behind the folding blade design?, I imagine it puts a lot of stress at the folding point.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:10

Flying cars seem to be crappy cars and poor flying machines.  I don't want either of those even if they can be marketed.

 

I would heartily recommend a lot of drivers I encounter get one.  And I would heartily encourage them- Don't let the first crash in either mode discourage you.  Keep trying!


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:14

Flying cars seem to be crappy cars and poor flying machines.  I don't want either of those even if they can be marketed.

 

I would heartily recommend a lot of drivers I encounter get one.  And I would heartily encourage them- Don't let the first crash in either mode discourage you.  Keep trying!

Never say never, flying cars are very convenient 



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:16

It looks really stable, wasnt expecting that.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:23

Yeah, that's not a flying car,...



This is a flying car,...from the past!
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:05

Wondering if anybody here has heard of the PAL V gyrocopter car?

https://www.pal-v.co...characteristics

The rotor blades fold when the aircraft converts to driving mode, that's pretty amazing.

What's the engineering behind the folding blade design?, I imagine it puts a lot of stress at the folding point.

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Yeah, as a Dutchman I am familiar with those guys. As a matter of fact, I visited them once. IMO, they're presenting the first truly viable flying car. It's a three-wheeler for road legality reasons (not that different in the U.S.). It uses a push prop. The overhead rotorblades are meant for use as an autogyro. So, if there's a power fauiure, it autorotates towards the ground. The setback is its price of $450,000 and the fact that you always need a runway. The trend nowadays is VTOL.



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Posted Yesterday, 16:06

 

Yeah, as a Dutchman I am familiar with those guys. As a matter of fact, I visited them once. IMO, they're presenting the first truly viable flying car. It's a three-wheeler for road legality reasons (not that different in the U.S.). It uses a push prop. The overhead rotorblades are meant for use as an autogyro. So, if there's a power fauiure, it autorotates towards the ground. The setback is its price of $450,000 and the fact that you always need a runway. The trend nowadays is VTOL.

I was waiting for you to chime in, do you know the patent for the folding rotor blade?, I'd love to see the details.






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