It’s a whole lot easier to design and build a BAD (Big @$$ Drone) than a roadable car that is at least 10% car or 10% airplane. Since the BAD will be powered with free energy from the sun, the endurance of 10 minutes is viewed as acceptable.Has anyone noticed that as a myriad of multicopters are being premiered and promoted, roadable aircraft have kind of fallen off the radar, not just here on HBA, but also in the news and magazines?
Was it also pedaled by 20 people?Manned multicopters seem a lot more elegant than the mess of hinged parts that ‘flying cars’ seemed to require.
Still, I was thinking about my favourite flying car proposal the other day and wondered how it was doing. I remember it being proposed and discussed for a long time by a member here (until I think he got banned) but no pictures or sketches were ever shared. IIRC it was to be a four-seat, in-line wheeled, amphibious, delta wing, push-pull, bubble canopied machine that could take off and land in the width of a single highway lane and carry full sheets of plywood or drywall. No matter how hard I try I just can’t imagine something that can do all that and it drives me nuts. By comparison these current multicopter concepts lack imagination...
Other variable geometry ideas include telescoping wings, pivoting wings, Inflating wings, and even vertically folding wings (like a bird with its wings raised up during flapping).We're well familiar with swing wings, on small and large aircraft from both the east and west. What other types of variable geometry have been tried?aviation.stackexchange.com
yup, thats what people think when they see theseMaybe because folks are seeing small multicopters/drones and it captures the imagination. It seems new and just a matter of scaling things up.
There's nothing similarly new to get folks excited about flying cars. In fact, maybe we have joked about it enough ("It is 2020, where's my flying car!) that it seems trite now.
Has anyone noticed that as a myriad of multicopters are being premiered and promoted, roadable aircraft have kind of fallen off the radar, not just here on HBA, but also in the news and magazines?
A few of my brain cells have been stimulated over the years but that darn reality check...View attachment 100152View attachment 100153View attachment 100154View attachment 100155View attachment 100156View attachment 100157View attachment 100158View attachment 100159View attachment 100160
Yes, but that is because most of the flying cars have either crashed, run out of money, or lack future financing. The AV Drone/Taxi programs still have some artwork to display and funds to promote their programs.Has anyone noticed that as a myriad of multicopters are being premiered and promoted, roadable aircraft have kind of fallen off the radar, not just here on HBA, but also in the news and magazines?