Flying Cars Are Coming Sooner Than You Know, Thanks To FAA
We’ve all watched “Back To The Future” or “The Jetsons” and wished flying cars were a real thing. Imagine being stuck in traffic and needing to be somewhere fast, you just switch to flying mode and fly right over all the traffic. Sounds too good to be true, right? Flying cars have existed for years. That only allows it to land and take off from an airport runway.
There’s a new contender up now! Alef Aeronautics! The company created “Model A” which will allow you to drive on normal streets and also take off and land in them!
The FAA has granted Alef Aeronautics experimental rights to test their flying car concept. If this actually works, they’re saying flying cars could hit the streets by 2025!
CEO, Jim Dukhovny of Alef Aeronautics says, “The Model A is designed to take off and land in urban areas.” The car will mostly be a drivable car, but with the option to hop/skip traffic, road conditions, weather, and other obstacles. To operate anything flying, the FAA says an airworthy certificate is needed.
A spokesperson for Alef Aeronautics said in an interview with Flying, “This certificate now gives us the ability to fly in locations we need.” Their Model A has been testing a full-scale Model A for about four years to date. They’ve tested driving, vertical takeoffs, and flight moving in a forward motion, but the FAA restricted them from fully testing it.
What Does It Look Like?
Imagine a huge rectangular fan. A little pod in the center that will hold the driver and passengers, four wheels, and four giant fans/jets to allow it to fly. That’s about it. It will cost you a $300,000 if you do want to buy one!
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