It's The Kitty Hawk Flyer: The Closest We've Gotten So Far To A Flying Car

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago in Tech


It's no jet kack, and it's hardly a traditional car (where are the wheels), but the Kitty Hawk Flyer is one step closer to the dream. Unfortunately, we're years, if not decades away from a true flying car.
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It's a ground effect thing, not a true flying machine.  It's basically a glorified hovercraft, so falls under those regulations.  The lady could have jumped into a speedboat and been across the lake in two minutes, too, so it's no amazing technological feat, either.

I have no doubt that it's also incredibly, ear-splittingly loud, which is edited out of the video in favor of the music, so will be a great toy for the rich douchebags that enjoy disrupting the tranquility of mountain lakes.

Don't they already have prototypes of true flying VTOL electric "cars" in the air right now?
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Male 14,957
stevopusser ground effect happens when a wing flies over a surface at an altitude of half the wind chord or less
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Male 1,220
This kinda ties into a question I've had for a while now: why are "drones" the only thing being done with quad-copter tech? Why don't we have a "full-sized" quad-copter, with an on-board pilot, and cargo and/or passengers? Perhaps there's a physics-based reason?
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Male 14,957
whosaidwhat inability to autorotate
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Male 1,220
Draculya Old post, but thanks for the reply anyway. That is certainly a valid reason! BTW, you must have been INCREDIBLY bored to have dug back this far...
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Male 8,122
Quite nice.  But by the time the FAA, DOT and OSHA get finished with it, it will be regulated into an un-airworthy beast that cannot lift off under its own power.
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Male 5,344
megrendel That's pretty much what they did with the areocar I saw on Mysteries of the Museum 
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Male 5,344
In the late 60's a man (I forget who) designed and built a practical car plane and when he tried to patent it he found it didn't meet the flight safety rules so he redesigned it and rebuilt it and when he tried again to find a backer for mass production he found it was no longer road legal, so he rebuilt it again and when he trued again he found flight safety rules changed but by this time he didn't have the funds to correct the problems and basically said 'Screw it'

Saw this on Mysteries of the Museum 
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Male 782
wasn't there a flying car that transformed from a car to a mini helicopter that you can actually already buy posted here in IAB a few weeks ago?  Now IAB is telling us flying cars don't exist and are decades away?  FAKE NEWS!!!!
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Male 1,243
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