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    Speaking of roadable aircraft....

    Both the Terrafugia Transition AND the Pal-V made their maiden flights recently. For more on the Terrafugia, check out this link: http://www.eaa.org/news/2012/2012-04-02_transition.asp.

    For more on the Pal-V, check out the maiden flight in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=SgHSaNtAMjs


    And here is the Pal-V's website: http://pal-v.com/

    Being a bit of a gyro nut, I kind of like the Pal-V design. It looks very promising.

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    The Pal-V is a very neat looking design (as opposed to the Terra-fugly-a which is just plain (plane?) ugly) but I can't help wonder how it would stand up in a collision with a "regular" car or G-d forbid an SUV. I think the road safety regulations are going to be the biggest hurdle from a technology standpoint for these sorts of vehicles. The flying part of the design is the "easy" part. The regulations related to car design are going to be a much tougher issue. Anyone who thinks the FAA has restrictive regulations in place needs to take a look at the regulations involved in car design and qualification around the world. We in the experimental community have it pretty sweet.
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    I'm guessing the Pav-V would more than likely be classified as a flying motorcycle/trike. Far fewer hoops to jump through to license a motorcycle.

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    Surprised that I haven't seen this Pal-V before. Seems like a very mature design, might even be efficient. What is the country of origin? Also, I might be missing something, but I can't see in the video what happens to the rotor after transforming into "road-mode". Is it simply removed?
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    Yeah, but then again, I wonder what the market really is for a high priced vehicle like that. That seems to be one of the major issues on the business side of the equation: those who are true believers in the concept (any concept for that matter) tend to overestimate its appeal to a broader audience or the price that audience is willing to pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdm View Post
    Surprised that I haven't seen this Pal-V before. Seems like a very mature design, might even be efficient. What is the country of origin? Also, I might be missing something, but I can't see in the video what happens to the rotor after transforming into "road-mode". Is it simply removed?
    The company is located in the Netherlands. Watch the video closely and you'll see that the rotor is hinged and when in "road-mode" is folded upon itself so that it lays on the "fuselage" back towards the tail. You can kind of see a photo of what I'm talking about here: http://pal-v.com/press-media/images/?afg0_page_id=2

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    This is pretty neat! It isn't going to become the next "big thing", but it may have a market niche. Certainly would appeal to the current gyro market, keep it in your garage and "drive" it to the local airport, I assume it runs on mogas, another plus. I'd buy one if I won the lottery, but that in itself would put a smile on my face!

    Joe

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    I'd buy one if I won the lottery, but that in itself would put a smile on my face!
    If I hit the lottery, I wouldn't limit myself to some odd little contraption. I'd be finding myself the data plate off of a B-17 or B-29 and "restoring" one. Then again, I'd also like to build a replica of either a Bf 110 or Bf109 in the markings of Fighter Group II./JG 77 "Herz As" as I have an ancestor who flew both aircraft with that particular unit during WWII.
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    That's hot!

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    Steve,

    I like your thinking! I buy lottery tickets for the entertainment value provided. When the mega millions goes ballistic you can really dream big, here in Ohio we have "Classic Lotto" with better odds, ( 1 in 14 million) and smaller jackpots but even with only a meager $6.5 million it would get a nice hanger and "several" new toys. The state uses it's "take" for additional school funding, so when I lose, and I always do, I don't feel too bad. It is fun to dream big, i think we have had several threads on that subject.

    Joe

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