When most people think of flying cars, they think of the Jetsons TV show, and speculate that, maybe one day in the far-off future, people may drive flying cars. You might be surprised to know that flying cars have been in development since the 1930s--even before the Jetsons.
Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk
One of the most recent flying cars to appear in the news is the Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk, which is a "Vertical Take-Off and Landing" (VTOL) vehicle, similar to a helicopter. But unlike a helicopter, the X-Hawk is safer because its rotors are not exposed, but rather enclosed in large ducts.
The X-Hawk is being aimed at emergency programs for search and rescue missions, since it can hover close to a building or achieve other positions unattainable by traditional aircraft.
The Terrafugia Transition is also currently in development, and the company hopes to release this "personal air vehicle" in late 2009. As opposed to the X-Hawk, the Transition is aimed at general consumers, as it can hold two passengers with "room for luggage." The Transition could fly for up to 500 miles on a single tank of unleaded premium gasoline.
Haynes Aero Skyblazer
The Haynes Aero Skyblazer is another work in progress. The Skyblazer is expected to have a top speed of 400 mph, and a range of up to 830 miles. The vehicle uses a single turbofan engine, which would provide thrust for flying, and generate electricity to power an electric motor for driving.
LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1
The LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 is one of the modern flying cars, currently in development. The FSC-1 has the unique ability of automatically converting from aircraft to car at the touch of a button. Also, while most flying cars require a pilot's license, designers are working on a very interesting feature for the FSC-1: a new satellite-navigation "hands free" flight system would allow users to travel from airport to airport, eliminating the need for a pilot's license (upon FAA approval).
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