The PAL-V One is a sleek and futuristic hybrid of car and gyroplane. It’s designed to function on land and in the air. It has a very short takeoff and landing capability — allowing it to function practically anywhere. This means the vehicle can serve as direct, door-to-door transportation.
The slim, aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle combines the comfort of a car interior with the speed and agility of a motorcycle. For its drive mode, the single rotor and propeller unfold to allow the PAL-V One to fly.
In the air, the PAL-V usually stays below 4,000 feet — the typical height for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic. This allows the plane to stay out of the way of commercial air traffic.
When not using controlled airspace, you can take off without filing a flight plan. Perhaps the coolest aspect is that the PAL-V is powered by a flight-certified aircraft engine that runs on gasoline. It can cruise at speeds of up to 112 mph on land and in the air!
Piloting the PAL-V is like flying a standard gyrocopter. Its manufacturers claim that it is quieter than most helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor. My biggest concern, if I were flying this craft, would be engine failure or loss of control. Would you simply crash?
It supposedly takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and is very easy to control. Since it is based on gyroplane technology, it can be steered and landed safely even if the engine fails — because the rotor will continue to auto-rotate.
Ok. I want one. Sign me up!
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