Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight
RAAMDONKSVEER, The Netherlands, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The Dutch company PAL-V has successfully concluded test flights of its flying car,
PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle). During the past two weeks, several test flights
were conducted. The patented vehicle flies in the air like a gyrocopter with lift
generated by an auto-rotating rotor and forward speed produced by a foldable push
propeller on the back. On the road it drives like a sports car. No new infrastructure is
required because it uses existing roads and airstrips.
A team of top engineers has been working on the first prototypes. Renowned institutes
such as the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory and Delft University are involved in the
development. The driving prototype was fully tested in 2009 and now the flying-driving
prototype made its first flights. The PAL-V complies with existing regulations in all
major markets, which means that the vehicle is allowed both in road traffic and in the
Robert Dingemanse, CEO and co-founder of PAL-V commented: “We are very proud to
announce this successful maiden flight of the PAL-V and we now invite investors to create
the future with us. We know there is a lot of interest for the PAL-V. Prior to announcing
these test flights, we were already approached on a daily basis by potential customers and
dealers wanting to be part of this exciting project.”
A PAL-V offers the choice of flying like a plane or driving like a car. This means
fast door-to-door mobility for private individuals as well as professionals and
organizations. The flying range will be between 350 (220 miles) and 500 km (315 miles),
depending on the type and pay load. Driving, a PAL-V will have a range of about 1200 km
(750 miles). It runs on gasoline and there will also be versions that use biodiesel or
bio-ethanol. It can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h (110 miles/h) both on land and in the
On the ground the aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle combines the comfort of a car with
the agility of a motorcycle thanks to its patented, cutting-edge, ’tilting’ system.
Driving, a PAL-V accelerates like a sports car.
Flying, a PAL-V is like a standard gyrocopter. It is quieter than helicopters due to
the slower rotation of the rotor. It takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and
is very easy to control. This makes a PAL-V one of the safest types of aircraft. Obtaining
a licence requires only 20 to 30 hours of training.
It is possible to land a PAL-V practically anywhere. For take-off, a strip of 165
meters (540 feet) is enough and it can be either paved or grass.
Governments are already preparing for increasing traffic with Personal Air Vehicles
like the PAL-V. In the US and in Europe government-funded programs are determining the
infrastructure of ‘digital freeways’ to provide safe corridors using GPS technology. The
technology is available today to allow personal air traffic to grow safely. PAL-V is
determined to play a leading role in this market.
The company management consists of a team of Dutch entrepreneurs with expertise in
aviation, automotive, research, and marketing. PAL-V succeeded in gathering the best
talent available. The company was initially funded by a group of informal investors and
also received a loan from the Agentschap NL. Three Dutch ministries are supporting the
project based on its technical innovation and economic potential.
Professionals and corporations are investigating the efficiency and improved
effectiveness a PAL-V will bring to their operations. Potential lead customers such as
police, the military, and flying doctors have expressed interest for surveillance,
mobility, aid in post-war situations, and homeland security. Initial talks about specific
requirements are underway.
Now that the final product development phase has been reached, PAL-V Europe will
invite new investors to fund the development of the commercial product and the market
A flying car has been a dream cherished for almost 100 years. Now it has become
reality. This will be a revolution in door-to-door transportation similar to the
transition from horse-and-buggy to the automobile. Leave home and fly-drive to almost any
destination. Avoid traffic jams and cross lakes, fjords, rivers or mountain ranges like an
eagle. Touch down on the other side and drive to your final destination. The PAL-V
combines in one vehicle the freedom and excitement of flying like a bird in the sky with
the choice of breathtaking driving performance on the roads and highways. It offers an
unprecedented freedom in mobility.
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