GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A FLYING CAR
Everybody is excited and fascinated by the prospect of a flying car. As with any genuinely new product or technology, there is a lot to discover about PAL-V and flying cars in general. We think it’s important to learn what to expect, particularly with regard to the PAL-V Liberty.
It is not a helicopter!
Many people take one look at the PAL-V Liberty and assume it’s a helicopter because of the rotating blades. In fact, it’s a gyroplane, which makes it much safer and easier to fly than helicopters or small fixed wing planes. We deliberately didn’t design the PAL-V to take-off vertically. As the PAL-V is a car able to fly, driving to the nearest take-off or landing spot is part of its plusses. The benefit of taking off vertically does not weigh against the drawbacks of a helicopter.
The flying range is not the total range
People sometimes think that the travel range of the PAL-V Liberty is limited by its flying range. The whole point of the Liberty as a Dual Mode Sports Vehicle (DMSV) is the flexibility it offers. After landing you can fuel at the airstrip and take-off again or just drive to the nearest gas station and proceed with your journey.
Performance, not luxury
The PAL-V Liberty is designed for optimal performance and less for luxury. As such, the interior is rather functional, in the style of other sports vehicles. We also reduced baggage space in favor of lightness, range and flying comfort. The heavier and bigger the vehicle, the shorter the flying range.
NO, YOU CAN’T TAKE OFF ANYWHERE
This is a common question. When the PAL-V Liberty is in flying mode, it must comply with the regulations for an airplane, and airplanes are simply not allowed to take off from a highway or a street. As previously mentioned, the PAL-V Liberty is not a helicopter, so it doesn’t take off vertically. Also helicopters are hardly allowed to take off or land where you want because they are very noisy and can be hazardous for people on the ground.
YES, YOU NEED A LICENSE
Some people ask us whether the PAL-V Liberty can be flown without a flying license. As the PAL-V Liberty is a Dual Mode Vehicle, the pilot must have a driving license and a flying license. For everybody’s safety it is important that all flying vehicles in the sky are piloted by someone who has had the appropriate flight training.
In Hollywood films and the computer generated videos you will see switching from driving to flying while staying in the vehicle. However, even if this were technically possible, it is simply not wise or permitted to stay in your vehicle and take-off because of safety regulations.
NO FLIGHT PLAN FILING REQUIRED
PAL-V Liberty will mostly be used to fly in uncontrolled airspace. Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, the filing of a flight plan is not necessary. Moreover, flying in uncontrolled airspace does not require constant contact with a control tower.
COMPLYING WITH EXISTING REGULATIONS
No less than 50% of our investment has gone into ensuring that the PAL-V Liberty complies with existing regulations. This has involved a huge amount of test evidence and documentation to prove that we are safe according to the very stringent international safety standards of EASA and FAA.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER "FLYING CARS" OR HUMAN DRONES
We are often asked about the countless YouTube videos suggesting a new technology that is more advanced than that of the PAL-V Liberty. In the first place they are not "Flying Cars" but "Electric Helicopters", flying from platform to platform with helicopter restrictions because of noise and safety. Almost all of these are computer generated, often showing flying objects that defy every law of physics.
WHEN WILL THE FIRST PAL-V LIBERTIES CROSS THE SKY?
Some are not convinced that flying cars will ever happen. They say that launch announcements have been made before, yet not a single vehicle is commercially viable.
THE SECRET BEHIND DESIGNING FOR AVIATION SAFETY
Flying safety is highly regulated and is organized and checked in a totally different way than car safety regulations. Indeed, safety regulations and its enforcement for flying vehicles can be compared to safety in the pharmaceutical industry. There is no room for compromise.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN IT GETS CROWDED IN THE SKY?
Many people are concerned that if we reach a point where there are numerous flying cars in the sky, there will be a danger of collisions. There is no need to worry. The technology for dealing with many flying vehicles in the sky already exists.