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01-28-2013, 09:13 PM #14
01-28-2013, 11:52 PM #15
Re: the OP. It's just a plane with collapsible wings.
Besides, there are enough crazy drivers out there. the last thing i want is for them to be flying over me or past me.
Until technology is available so that every car out there is computer controlled and self driven, there is just too much human error to make flying cars a reality.
I can see the future looking more like the vehicles in Minority Report.
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01-29-2013, 09:58 AM #16Professional Member
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True, the Terrafugia Transition is basically a street-legal airplane, but I think the lines begin to blur when you look at vehicles whose main function is to travel on or a few inches above the surface, whose lifting surfaces are relatively small or non-existent, and/or whose control requires little or no additional training.
For example, you wouldn't call a car in a maglev train an aircraft.
And what about boats that can hover a few inches above the water or that skim across the surface with ground-effect wings? Aren't they still boats?
What about cars you can drive into the water? Would you say they are floating cars or boats with wheels?
What about cars whose wings push the car down, not up? Aren't they aircraft?
I think calling the Moller Skycar a car makes sense:
The craft said to be currently under development, the M400, is purported to ultimately transport four people; single-seat up to six-seat variations are also planned and is described as a car since it is aimed at being a popular means of transport for anyone who can drive, incorporating automated flight controls, with the driver only inputting direction and speed required.
The driver drives it; he doesn't really fly it. It's a car that flies.
It's the kind of vehicle that some owners would call a flying car and others would call an aircraft, depending on their backgrounds, abilities, and applications.
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01-29-2013, 03:42 PM #17
I recall a discussion with an FAA guy that said they're working on standards to come up with how high a vehicle can lift off the ground before it is considered to be an aircraft.
Water hovercraft are considered to be boats mainly because they don't get very high above the water and they stay over water as a rule unless it's a military beach head landing vehicle.
One standard to be used might be something like the ability to fly over a house.
We can call them whatever we like, but if the FAA calls it an aircraft, then you're going to need a pilot's license to fly it, in which case it's an aircraft.
01-30-2013, 11:21 AM #18Regular Guest
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It's refreshing to see how many other pilots there are on this forum!