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PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) is a Dutch company who are developing a roadable aircraft, the PAL-V One.
The PAL-V in flight is an autogyro or gyrocopter, with a pusher propeller at the rear of the fuselage providing forward thrust and a free-spinning rotor providing lift. Directional stability is provided by twin boom-mounted tailfins.
It has a tricycle undercarriage with relatively large wheels.
On the ground, the propeller and rotor are stopped and power is diverted to the wheels, allowing it to travel as a three-wheeled car. Unusually, it leans into turns like a motorcycle, a solution pioneered by the Carver vehicle, also produced by a Dutch company. However, the PAL-V does not tilt as a Carver but like the BMW "Simple Concept" from 2009
The PAL-V One has two seats and a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, giving it a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) on land and in air, and a Maximum Takeoff Weight of 910 kg.
A prototype model has been test flown in 2012. The company are seeking funds to develop the type for production. Estimated unit price is around $300,000.
Data from GizMag and Pal-V.com
- Capacity: 2
- Empty weight: 1,499 lb (680 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,006 lb (910 kg)
- Maximum speed: 97 kn (112 mph; 180 km/h)
- Minimum control speed: 27 kn (31 mph; 50 km/h)220-315 mile range inflight, 750mile range on land.
- ^ PAL-V website
- ^ "PAL-V One: Future Fantasy Trike" Future Cars. 15 May 2010 (outdated specs). Quote: "PAL-V One incorporates the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) technology pioneered in the 3-wheeled Carver One"
- ^ "Dutchmen invent plausible flying car" TopGear, 3 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. Quote: "PAL-V features the same Dynamic Vehicle Control system used on the Carver ONE"
- ^ BMW video
- ^ a b Quick, Darren. "PAL-V flying car makes successful first test flight" GizMag, 2 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- ^ "Notable Roadable". Sport Aviation: 16. May 2012.
- ^ "Will sales of flying car take off?" BBC News, 2 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- ^ Flying car makes maiden voyage (57 pictures) Washington Post, 3 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- ^ "Pal-V One Target Specifications". Retrieved 4 April 2012.