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Dual-engined Three-wheel Gyrocopter

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Posted March 10, 2017

Dutch company PAL-V  introduced its innovative flying car a dual-engined three-wheel gyrocopter. After successful test flights and accomplished existing safety standards the company has announced that its taking reservations. The flying car features a Rotax engine-based dual propulsion drivetrain – one engine for driving and another for flying. It is designed to be about the same size as a regular car, that leans into the curves of the road. In drive mode, the propeller is hidden inside the vehicle’s body while the blades are kept up top in roof. Driving top speed is about 160 km/h and it takes about 9 seconds to reach 100 km/h speed. Fuel economy is rated at 7.6 l/100 km and the driving range is 1,315 km.

To switch to the flight mode, the rotor mast unfolds automatically, and the driver will need to pull out the tail section and unfold the two rotor blades and break out the prop. It takes between 5 and 10 minutes and after a brief pre-flight check, the pilot can fly to a maximum altitude of 3,500 meters. It the air it gives a maximum speed of 180 km/h and the range could extend to up to 500 km. The capacity of fuel tank is 100 liters. The Liberty is 4 meters long and 1.7 meters high in drive mode, extending to 6.1 meters x 3.2 meters for flight. It has an empty weight of 664 kg.

The company is taking reservations for the Liberty and expects to start making pre-production units with road and air-certified models by the end of 2018. A driving license and a pilot’s license will be needed to use the vehicle.You can see a short teaser video below.

Source: PAL-V

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