It's a shame people STILL believe the Wright Brothers actually did something first. THE ACTUAL FIRST MANNED, POWERED, CONTROLLED FLIGHT WAS in August 1901 by German born American emigrant Gustave Whitehead (Weisskopf) in his homemade "Condor". Try reading a book now and then, you might LEARN something.
As for the toy boat/drone....10 foot in the air, 20mph top speed, and ONLY 20 minutes flight. Not worth the effort. Another toy for those with big wallets and little dicks.
everyone freaking out about this as if its the first ultra light aircraft that exist out there, check out Gyrocopters or paramotors that are in the same class but they are cheaper and cant do stationary flight (better for landing and take off) however a paramotor only need a few meters to do so
I like it.
Although, when it comes to practical transportation, the first ten cars that crash will halt the industry.
I mean, you saw what happened when the autopilot Teslas crashed, and the Google autonomous car...
bio-diesel/oil rotary engine range extender wouldn't weigh much in a hybrid design, would run quietly, and wouldn't be a hazard since it could potentially use non-flammable soybean oil. I'd prefer to see a design using ducted fan/electric jets rather than large propellers - time will tell if that would be feasible.
I've worked and lived around the flying industry for my whole life. There is no way these will ever be public mass market unless they are autonomous. Taking the hard out of flying is a dangerous thing. Currently the difficulty in obtaining even a basic license to fly is required to keep everyone involved safe. A crash from a basic mistake at 20 mph is unlikely to be fatal in a car. At 1000 feet even, it will be deadly.
thats why this thing is a mistake, its idiot proof. With this type of tech we will allow idiots where they should never be. In the air. Its going to be like cars on the road, all tech did is allow idiots on the road. Shit with people like larry paige around idiots just wont die and leave the world for people who are not idiots
Tbh theses aren't that safe, Helicopters can auto rotate down to the ground safer than a plane as a result of an engine failure whereas theses will just drop out of the sky. They'd need variable pitch props or something but even then the props are probably too small to be of any use in an engine failure. Also she trained to fly a limited safety version of the aircraft over a body of water which is why it took her an hour to learn. Flying in any form is dangerous if there is any human involvement and you can't teach common sense... They're definitely more intuitive than a helicopter but not safer/ able to be used by everyone.
From my experience, this will never happen and we won't see it for 15+ years. I remember years ago ordering a light sports aircraft called the Icon A5. Making an aircraft and having it certified takes a long time and the production of that aircraft is a whole different issue its self. That was a more traditional aircraft as well this i dought will be cheap and then actually practically using them? Were not going to have a bunch of these flying unregulated and uncontrolled flying from peoples homes to offices or downtown.
so exciting! The fact that these aren’t being designed by a wide ranged tech company means that they are going to focus on this concept, as opposed to just sending it to the market and starting up the next new product
Another total fantasy about mass "personal" air transport. At the start only the very wealthy will gain the permits, hardware and licenses to fly these things. Now imagine a typical highway at rush hour on the ground and extrapolate that to the air. It is not going to happen. Quite apart from the environmental impact, you simply cannot have thousands of private aircraft flying in virtual highways. The safety issues alone would be a disaster. But still these fantasists really think they are developing a convenient transport for the common man. These aircraft are only ever going to be used for sport by the privileged, in very limited numbers.
People were suspicious and cynical about mobile phones and the internet at first, now look at the world. You make progress by experimenting, testing and adjusting. It's an innovative idea and one of several in development.
Look at these white privileged people flying there vehicles while the rest of us drive, oppressing everyone else. I demand this video be taken down and the "kitty hawk's" be dismantled and distributed evenly among the citizenry
Why is it that no matter what. Almost every drone from $100 to this thing only has a 20 minute flight time??? Blows my mind that almost every drone is almost exactly 20 min. Full size flyer is 20 minutes. I seen one a Chinese company made and is a one person drone. Guess what it also had a 20 minute flying time??
Big problem is using this as transportation will take 10 times the amount of energy that a car would take over the same distance because you also have to keep the vehicle airborne. This will not be practical unless battery technology takes a huge leap.
This will never happen why? It’s an ultra light. They are restricted from flying into class A B C and D airspace’s... which is virtually every city and town. When this isn’t an ultra light, it will require a private pilots license which 90% Americans can’t dish out the money since almost 40% of them live pay check to pay check. This is cool idea for those who are already pilots. But no.... not unless a computer flies this thing... no one else will fly it.
Major step towards the right direction, but until engineers can come up with a more efficient and sufficient battery, and also some sort of autonomous flying system, this will and should not be flying anytime soon.
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT IT'S MAGNETO DRIVE THAT GETS US 'FLYING CARS' THAT DON'T CHOP OFF HEADS DUE TO BEING PROPELLERED AIRCRAFT AND NOT FLYING CARS AT ALL. TO GET THE ORIGINAL LUKE SKYWALKER TYPE 'LAND-CRAFT' IS A FEW YEARS OFF. IT'S CALLED 'MAGNETO DRIVE' AND DEALS WITH THE NATURAL OPPOSITION THAT MAGNETIC MINERALS ON EARTH PROVIDE. THEN YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PROMISED JETSONS CAR.
it seems like a paramotor would be cheaper, and probably safer considering that it is basically a parachute.... there is a design flaw in this vehicle, the blades arent suposed to be exposed without any safety guard, it desperately cries for some sort of shielding, comonly seen in turbine engines....
this would be SO awesome for LI'ers like myself to fly it to work in the city. I work in LIC & travel there from LI just about everyday! ...I can imagine what now takes me almost 2 hours to get to work, would take me at least 10/15 mins. with this vehicle! THAT'd be amazing!
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