Nope! FAA has authority over helicopters. The majority of helicopter operations are limited to established airports. Helicopters are not roadable. I can not purchase a helicopter for $135,000.All this blather when a helicopter will do it all...
The IRS allows 56 cents per mile in 2021, there are a lot of automobiles that can't be operated at that rate if all costs are included (depreciation, etc). For an aircraft, it would be a stretch unless we're talking about a very simple ultralght.I'll go as far as to say that it needs to be able to move you around for less than the IRS mileage business expense deduction, or it won't be a viable machine.
I agree with the leg landing gear. It took me years to decide to ditch the wheels for legs.lol, I have actually considered the possibility of making a "quadcopter on a stick" for short hop flights, where the arms fold down for easy carrying. Functionally equivalent to Mary Poppins' umbrella It would be hilarious to make it double a pogo stick, so you can bounce along rather than carrying it.
But you know what is the ultimate LAM? A goose.
It actually would be more useful to put legs on a VTOL/STOL aircraft than car wheels. They may not be very fast, but they require no ground infrastructure (roads, airports), and if you're going to cover much distance you do it in the air anyway. And you can kick them underwater to swim.
Not having any wheels eliminates the option of landing and pushing it around and into the hangar. And in dusty conditions, you kick up a lot of debris in a hover, obscuring vision and chewing up rotors. Besides getting all dirty.I agree with the leg landing gear. It took me years to decide to ditch the wheels for legs.
If it, LAM vehicle, does have wheels the pilot should still be able to use his legs for slow speed operations without having to exit the LAM. Slow speed operations are turning, parking, hangar storage, fuel pump maneuvering, the Starbucks drive thru, and the airport security fence, etc. Even Cessna and Bonanza pilots use their feet for slow speed operations but they have to shut gown the engine and exit the aircraft to do that. The shutdown and exit is a dealbreaker for the LAM.
Having the pilots feet on the ground eliminates the nose wheel, tail wheel, nose or tail wheel steering, tail wheel swivel and locking device, brakes and wheel pants. The wheels and landing gear structure can be much lighter and getting unstuck while taxiing is much easier.
the quad copper on a stick is a great idea. It will be even better when the copter is converted to wings!
Being able to walk and maneuver on the ground is much more important than VTOL. A powered pogo stick with 90 minutes of fuel is probably heavy enough to have wheels to use when you take it into the grocery store and load the milk and potatoes into the backpack.
I'll guess there are many small single seat aircraft that can best $0.56/mile. Off the top of my head, the Cri-Cri, Hummel and the Merlin PSA probably all make the mark with margin to spare. What is needed is something that flies like those, but that can drive around and operate from the road.The IRS allows 56 cents per mile in 2021, there are a lot of automobiles that can't be operated at that rate if all costs are included (depreciation, etc). For an aircraft, it would be a stretch unless we're talking about a very simple ultralght.
The GSA rate for aircraft is $1.26 per statute mile, which provides a little more breathing room.