Its everyone’s dream to own a flying car. Now, its not just a concept- technology is sound and engineers proved themselves designing high-tech flying cars. This year we have seen different flying car projects during the air-show’s. These new designs is going to fire the imaginations of aviators.
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Company : Martin Aircraft Company
Type: Ultralight personal helicopter; commercial product
Description: A rider uses two gasoline-driven, 1.7-foot-diameter ducted rotors to fly up to 31.5 miles at an FAA-mandated maximum speed of 63 mph. In 2010 Martin landed a $12 million outside investment to build 500 packs. They will be sold to governments and defense firms for $100,000 each
Company: Moller International
Aircraft Type: Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft; prototype
Description: The Skycar points four ducted fans down to take off vertically; the fans swivel to provide thrust during flight.
Inventor: Paul Moller.
Company: Carter Aviation Technologies
Aircraft Type: Autogyro rotor-craft; prototype
Description: Wings and a twin-boom tail help the helo fly at slow rotor speeds, but it can only hover for seconds. On June 17, 2005, it broke a record for slow-rotor flight but crashed later that day. They have successfully demonstrated the slowed rotor concept with the Carter-copter Technology Demonstrator (CCTD), the first and only aircraft to reach “mu-1”.
Company: Milner Motors
Type: Roadable aircraft; prototype
Description: This four-door car, about the size of a Honda Civic, has a foldable main wing in the rear of the vehicle and a canard in front In air mode the diesel-powered plane will be able to cruise at speeds of 200mph – at 25,000 feet. In the air, the Milner AirCar will be powered by two,160 brake horsepower ducted fan engines and will have a range of up to 1,000 miles before needing to re-fuel.
Developer: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Type: VTOL (vertical-takeoff and landing) Humvee; government research project to create prototypes
Description: In 2010 the Pentagon selected companies to design two versions of a flying jeep. One design uses an exposed rotor and wings; the other, ducted fans. The Transformer (TX) program calls for a vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle that can travel 280 miles by land or air and carry up to 1,000 pounds