Flying cars take off on French Riviera
 
, Posted on 21-Apr-2017


Flying cars take off on French Riviera

Monaco : Flying cars might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but two prototypes were launched Thursday on the French Riviera, at an event showcasing "supercars" in Monaco.

Dutch and Slovak companies unveiled their designs as world premieres in the tiny well-heeled principality, where luxury automakers have gathered until Sunday for the Top Marques showcase event.

Bratislava-based Aeromobil, whose first prototype presented two years ago suffered an accident, is back with a "new generation" of flying vehicle named after the firm which makes it.

"We are taking reservations from today for deliveries expected in 2020, after the process of (regulatory) approvals is completed," the Slovak firm's spokesman Stefan Vadocz told AFP.

The Aeromobil vehicle, six metres long and with a fully-deployed span of nine metres, is a normal four-wheeled car which can unfold its wings to transform itself into a plane able to fly two passengers at a cruising speed of 260 km/h for up to 750 kilometres.

The price? Between 1.2 and 1.5 million euros, depending on options chosen.

Its Dutch rival for the futuristic vehicle type, the Pal-V Liberty, is the brainchild of Robert Dingemanse, whose company is based near Breda in the south of the Netherlands.

His crossover car-plane is more compact, at four metres long, and should be deliverable as early as next year, once official approvals are secured. He is already taking orders for a vehicle which will cost between 299,000 and 499,000 euros.

The Dutch flying car is in fact a gyrocopter with three wheels and a retractable rotor. It can carry two people at a cruising speed of 160 km/h for between 400-500 kilometres.

It is "one of the safest flying machines on the planet," able to fly "whatever the weather conditions," say its designers.

Users of the the Aeromobil and the Pal-V Liberty will require both a driving licence and a pilot's qualification.

AFP


Related News

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists
Sep 21

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

Ramu : As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours. Many Bangladeshis are angry over the treatment in Buddhist-majority Myanmar of the Rohingya, a persecuted stateless minority who they see...

Read More
Seven Filipino militant suspects arrested in Malaysia
Sep 21

Seven Filipino militant suspects arrested in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian police have detained seven Filipinos suspected of involvement with the Abu Sayyaf militant group, an official said Thursday, the latest arrest of extremist suspects in the Muslim-majority country. The seven men, aged between 22 and 38, were working as private security guards in and...

Read More
Iran translator mocked for soft-balling speech
Sep 21

Iran translator mocked for soft-balling speech

Tehran : An Iranian television translator defended himself Wednesday after being widely criticised for soft-balling US President Donald Trump's attacks on Iran in his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly.  Nima Chitsaz, a translator for state broadcaster...

Read More
Amazon reserve  already being mined
Sep 21

Amazon reserve already being mined

Rio de Janeiro : A huge nature reserve in Brazil's Amazon rainforest that the government wants to open to foreign mining companies already suffers from illegal mining activity, Greenpeace said Tuesday. The environmental activist group said its investigators had flown over part of...

Read More
Obama begins lucrative  job as Wall Street speaker
Sep 21

Obama begins lucrative job as Wall Street speaker

New York : Barack Obama has begun cashing in on his time in the White House with paid WallStreet speeches less than a year after leaving office, a practice which drew stinging rebukes for Hillary Clinton during last year's presidential campaign. The former US president will appear Monday before a who's...

Read More
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Sep 21

Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China

Washington : Dockless bike-sharing, a trend which has taken China by storm, arrived in the US capital Wednesday with the launch of new services aimed at promoting two-wheeled travel without the hassle of a docking station. China-based giant Mobike and California-based LimeBike each began deploying hundreds of...

Read More
Long-lost Faberge silver knives resurface in Poland
Sep 21

Long-lost Faberge silver knives resurface in Poland

Warsaw : They should have vanished a century ago after Russia's October Revolution, melted down with the rest of a solid silver tableware set by Faberge, Imperial Russia's legendary jeweller. And yet, two knives from the collection have just resurfaced in Poland. After the 1917 revolution deposed Tsar Nicolas...

Read More
Philippines' Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs
Sep 21

Philippines' Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

Manila : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution. Paolo Duterte, 42, this month appeared before a senate inquiry to...

Read More
An ancient Chinese fishing community washes ashore
Sep 21

An ancient Chinese fishing community washes ashore

Datang : Along southern China's snaking rivers, an ancient fishing community that once lived and worked exclusively on the water has been finding its way to land. Wooden fishing boats, wispy nets and bamboo steering poles are typical of the traditions of the "Tanka" -- the term for generations of rural...

Read More
Pilgrims bring boom times for Iraqi gem traders
Sep 21

Pilgrims bring boom times for Iraqi gem traders

Najaf : Every time Mohammed al-Ghoraifi visits Najaf he returns with another precious stone on his finger. Like for many pilgrims visiting the Iraqi Shiite holy city, buying a gemstone ring is part and parcel of the experience. Ghoraifi, sporting two weighty rings on the right hand and a third on the left on his...

Read More