Eye on the sky as flying car hits the road

Flying cars have been on the auto industry’s radar for some time and while the concept might seem like science fiction, last month there was news that seems to indicate that reality is inching ever closer.

Dutch company PAL-V has announced that its Liberty flying car has been approved for road use in Europe.

The company said in a statement that the Liberty had passed stringent European road admission tests and was now allowed on the streets with an official licence plate.

PAL-V added that this now completed a rigorous and extensive drive test program conducted since February 2020 that included testing on high-speed ovals, as well as brake, emission, and noise pollution testing.

The PAL-V will undergo endurance testing over the coming months and has also been going through aviation certification with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). Finalisation of that step – an important one for a flying car! – is expected in 2022.

According to PAL-V’s website, the two-seater, three-wheel, gyrocopter-type Liberty is good for 160km/h and a range of 1300km when in drive mode. In that mode, the Liberty’s rotors fold away along the roof and it has tilting technology called Dynamic Curve Stabiliser that allows it to lean into a curve, keeping it stable. In flight mode, the Liberty can reach a top speed of 180km/h and has a range of 500km.

The company says reservations for the Liberty are strong with some prospective owners having started the training for a gyroplane flying licence at the company’s FlyDrive Academy.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2020)

11 November 2020

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