Flying car plans moving forward

John Bakker, the original developer of the PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) and CTO of PAL-V Europe, has secured investors, chosen a management team and hired employees to begin working on his fly-and-drive vehicle concept.

On the ground, the slim, aerodynamic 3-wheeled vehicle has the agility of a motorbike, due to the patented ’tilting’ system. The rotor and propeller are folded away until the user wants to fly. Airborne, the PAL-V flies under the 4,000-feet floor of commercial air space.

The vehicle, which will be able to reach speeds up to 200 km/h on land and in the air, is environmentally fuel-efficient, too – it runs on gas, but it can also be used with biodiesel or bio-ethanol fuels.

Similar to a helicopter, the PAL-V has a Very Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (VSTOVL) capability making it possible to land almost anywhere. It can be driven to an airfield or helipad, and because it flies below 4,000 feet, can take off without needing a flight plan.

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