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Flying Dutch car flies over traffic jam

For many decades people have been dreaming of a flying car to enable fast and easy door to door transportation.

This Monday Dutch Transport Minister Eurlings will examine whether there are ways to reduce traffic jams with flying cars.
The test with the Personal Air and Land vehicle (Pal-V), a flying car, will take place in Amersfoort.

The special vehicle is a concept of the entrepreneur John Bakker. The flight is part of a demonstration of the “Exploration of Transportation Barriers” project.

The PAL-V One is a hybrid of a car, a motorbike and a gyroplane: a personal air and land vehicle. On the ground, the slim line, aerodynamic 3-wheel vehicle has the comfort of a car, but the agility of a motorbike, thanks to its patented cutting-edge ‘tilting’ system. The single rotor and propeller are folded away until the PAL-V One is ready to fly. Airborne, the PAL-V One flies usually below 4,000 feet.

The PAL-V One is highly fuel-efficient and powered by a state of the art aircraft certified engine. It runs on petrol like a conventional car and can reach speeds of up to 185 km/h (125 mph) both on land and in the air.

The gyroplane technology means that it can be steered and landed safely even if the engine fails because the rotor keeps auto rotating. Of course the PAL-V has to decent and land immediately in this case, but as it can land on a proverbial “postage stamp”, in most cases, this will not cause any problem. A license to fly the PAL-V One is easier to obtain than for a helicopter.

What makes the PAL-V One attractive is the convenience of fully integrated door-to-door transportation, providing smooth transition from road to air without having to change vehicle.