Through the years we’ve heard another of companies and startups who want to invent the flying car. The whole idea of a vehicle that you can drive on the road and then fly is blowing the mind. But none of those daydreaming products have seen the light. Until one Dutch company didn’t give up.
Pal-V company is preparing to start serial production of the world’s first flying car. Liberty, as they call it, is a combination between flying and driving capabilities. It’s kind of a car-gyrocopter.
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The new deal
The first flight of the Liberty took place in 2009. Earlier this year, Liberty completed the full certification basis with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). After almost ten months, Pal-V partnered with Artificial Aerospace & Defense. The contract continues serial manufacturing of body parts, fuel tanks, propeller- and rotor blades. Those parts are made of composite materials, to reduce the weight of the machine to 664 kg (1,464 pounds).
“This is an important milestone for our aerospace division because we are not only increasing our business for the coming years but also positioning our business for future markets such as flying cars, hand in hand with one of the leaders of this sector, Pal-V” Enrique Sanz, CEO of Artificial said.
The liberty vehicle specifications
On flight is a two-seat gyroplane with a dual-engine that takes it to a top speed of 180 km/h (110mph), a maximum take-off weight of 910kg (2,000 lbs).
On the ground, it transformed into a three-wheeled car, that offers a top speed of 160km/h (100mph) and a range of 1,315 kilometers (817 miles).
Since it’s a dual vehicle, you should have both a driver’s license and a flying license. The vehicle almost costs 499,000£ ($578,000). Noone gave any statement about when the production of this vehicle is going to start. But we hope to see it hit the streets and the sky very soon.