PAL-V Flying Car Debuts at Geneva
The world’s first commercial flying car, known as the PAL-V Liberty, can be purchased for around £425,000 (almost $600,000), will be introduced to the public during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Dutch company PAL-V says the Liberty is follows existing regulations and further claims it is the representation of a “pivotal time in aviation and mobility history.” It will begin commercial production and delivery by 2019.
The flying car has made its first statement with the Liberty Pioneer Edition, which costs $599,000 as is seen on the official website, before taxes. Flight instruction sessions, personalization options, and power heating is included in the above mentioned price.
Only 90 units will be manufactured and sold, with around half of which going to Europe, and after that the manufacturer will commence delivery of its Liberty Sport model.
It carries a price tag of $399,000 (around £254,000) before taxes which can be seen on PAL-V’s official website.
It may not have the same personalisation options that can be experienced in the Pioneer Edition but it still includes flying lessons, while there are options to avail of power heating and carbon fiber detailing.
The Liberty boasts a three-wheel layout and rotor blades on the roof which can be folded when not in flight. It's basically a gyrocopter aircraft which hosts two engines. Its Rotax engine-based dual propulsion drivetrain is assigned separately, with one used for road travel and the other for airborne navigation. There’s also a rotor on top that is used for lift-off, and an engine-powered blade on the rear for thrust.
It can carry two persons in its cockpit and has a lowered suspension.
As per PAL-V, you can shift from flight to road travel and vice versa in 5-10 minutes. The rotor mast unfolds automatically when needed, but the driver has to pull out the tail section, release the two rotor blades, and bring out the prop to prepare the Liberty for flight.
A license to fly is also required, and there are designated spots where you can take off and land. PAL-V explains the Liberty needs take-off space of approximately 90-200x200 metres without any obstacles. Small airstrips, gliding spots, and other similar locations will be appropriate.
As far as the noise is concerned, it is described to be a like a small fixed aeroplane but a lot less than a helicopter.
The Liberty can rise to a maximum height of 3500 meters, and its 197bhp flying engine can push it up to a top speed of 112 miles per hour. It is said that it can travel around 310 miles.
The Liberty will be constructed in the Netherlands, with certain parts and systems created by other companies in various territories.
PAL-V CEO Robert Dingemanse stated, “After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards determined by regulatory bodies around the world.”