Tuesday, April 24, 2007

PAL-V One: The bike that’ll fly

A flying bike sounds very sci-fi, but who knows...

The Personal Air and Land Vehicle Company and their PAL-V One project has been around for some time, and it seems they’ve got some fresh new investments now. The company is moving from Belgium to Holland, where they hope to be able to use the Dutch National Aerospace Lab for further development work on their three-wheeled ‘flying motorcycle.’

If the PAL-V One ever makes it to production, WE WANT ONE!!!

If it ever makes it to production reality, the PAL-V One will be a car/motorcycle/gyrocopter hybrid, powered by a conventional petrol engine. With two wheels at the back and one at the front, the PAL-V will handle like a motorcycle (a bit like the Carver machine which we reported on earlier…), but here’s the sci-fi part – it’ll also have a single rotor and propeller which will allow it to fly.

The machine will fly at heights of under 1,500m so it won’t be a threat to commercial aircraft, and will be free of restrictive air traffic control regulations. The PAL-V will use autogyro flying technology, and like a helicopter, it will be able to take off and land without needing a runway. Top speed is expected to be in the region of 200km/h, on both land and in the air.

Visit the official website for more information.

Here's a gyrocopter video. Yeah, these things do fly...

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