Flying car made its first flight
• Flying car made its first flight
New double unit is able to transform from a very frisky tricycle in an autogyro with a very short run-up during take-off and landing run. The machine, the assurances of designers, docile and easy to drive on asphalt and in the clouds.
The creators believe their offspring versatile and at the same time the safety of vehicles.
PAL-V machines authors successively passed through the stages of designing and debugging of prototypes up to the construction of the flying of the sample, cut off from the runway in March 2012.
In the road unit PAL-V has a length of 4 meters and a maximum width and height - 1, 6 m empty car weighs 680 kg and can lift a load of 230 kg..
In the hybrid tricycle and autogyro leading petrol engine certified to fly. Its capacity is 220 liters. from. (160 kW). In the future, the company-developer (it is called in much the same - PAL-V Europe) intends to add versions of eating biodiesel and bioethanol.
Translation PAL-V of the road configuration in the air in less than 10 minutes. Part of the process is performed manually, which simplify the design and improve the reliability. And learn this process, they say, it is not difficult. To change the operating mode of the device at the rear tail unfolds and reveals a pusher propeller, and above the cab straighten the rotor blades. Contact procedure at the transition from air to car mode, takes the same time.
In order to take off the Transformers have to only 165 meters of free space (and this may be the turf), and landing -. 30 m at all This is not only convenient, but also safe.
And in the air and on the highway the maximum speed of the machine is the same - 180 kilometers per hour. At the same time on the land unit detects a decent dynamics - from zero to 100 km / h it is dispersed for 8 seconds.
In addition, the PAL-V roll in corners like a motorcycle, which makes it very responsive and sustainable. Automatic system of identical applied tricycle Carver ONE, controls the angle depending on the speed and acceleration.
Fuel consumption PAL-V at the track claimed in 8, 3 liters per 100 km, and the air - 36 l / h. On one tank on the highway the car should pass up to 1,200 kilometers, and in the sky - to overcome the 350-500 km.
Dutch reported that PAL-V minimum speed in horizontal flight is only 50 km / h. However, even stopping the engine does not lead to a fall, since the main screw can slow the descent very easy machine due to autorotation.
Newbie designed for flights within 1200 meters of height. In many countries, this means the ability to perform flights without filing the flight plan.
By the conviction of PAL-V Europe, its dual-mode machine meets all the standards for light aircraft and vehicles on the major markets, and therefore can be used legally in the sky and on the road.
At present, the Dutch are building a commercial version of its hybrid-transformer (red device in the figures in the text). She called PAL-V ONE and will be different from the current test instance of finishing details, and, of course, a polished technique.
Home sales this summer cars scheduled for 2014. The company claims that the interest in the novelty has already shown the police, as well as medical and military.