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 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 04:56 AM
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All-electric personal VTOL aircraft working prototype

https://electrek.co/2018/07/17/opener-blackfly-ultralight-all-electric-personal-vtol-aircraft/
This looks amazing, one of the only YouTube worth watching..

Opener is adding itself to the list with the unveiling of its BlackFly, which they describe as “the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.”
They have been developing the aircraft for 9 years in stealth mode and they are just now stepping out into the light to show what they have been working on.
They released some impressive footage of a working prototype of the electric aircraft:

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This one looks promising. There is quite a lot of experimentation going on with similar concepts.
I would like to try it out.
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 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 09:40 AM
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Impressive!

This might require a special license to fly as it doesn't appear to be anything like "normal" light aircraft.

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I'm impressed - Thanks for posting Pool. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif

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 Posted: Jul 21 2018, 07:44 AM
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Even though not required by FAA regulations, BlackFly operators will be required to successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot written examination and also complete company-mandated vehicle familiarization and operator training.
The company says that the BlackFly is “simple to master and requires no formal licensing (in USA) or special skills to operate safely.

Basically it looks that easy , u don't even need a licence to fly one.
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CASA would make so many provisions that you would never qualify to fly it or afford the training.

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Once again I have to agree with Flin.

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Yes I'm surprized they allow kids to fly paper airplanes http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/wink.gif
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CityHawk eVTOL flying car entering "full-scale development"
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Israel's Urban Aeronautics (UA) has announced it's going into full-scale development of its CityHawk VTOL flying car. The first manned flights of this hybrid-powered, 170 mph six-seater will take place in 2021-22, after which it'll be converted to run on hydrogen fuel cells.

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CityHawk VTOL flying car: 170mph top speed

Unlike many flying car designs we've seen in recent years, the CityHawk doesn't use any kind of winged flight option to help increase its efficiency over a longer range. Instead, it's lifted full-time by a large pair of contra-rotating props at the front and rear of the vehicle, which will initially be powered by a pair of 1,000-horsepower turboshaft engines. These engines are also connected to electric generators, which charge up batteries to power twin thruster props on the back for forward motion.

The configuration is similar to the unmanned Cormorant/AirMule aircraft that UA has been testing for a number of years now. That airframe has completed more than 250 test flights to date.

The CityHawk is designed to meet FAA regulations as a twin-engine helicopter – but it carries some significant advantages, notably its car-sized footprint, its completely enclosed propellers and its much quieter operation. UA claims the CityHawk's prop noise will blend in with regular traffic by the time it's a block away, where you can often hear a helicopter from a couple of miles' distance.

Once it's built and certified, the next step will be to convert the CityHawk to green power. Battery energy density isn't high enough to get a useful range yet, so UA is planning to go with hydrogen fuel cells. We'll let them figure out how to get that cranky stuff piped to wherever it's needed for refueling.
CityHawk VTOL flying car: takes up the ground footprint of a large family car

Safety, says UA, is handled with the addition of a ballistic parachute. We're not so sure. Even the most advanced ballistic chutes take time to open, meaning that any aircraft without wings, or a huge rotor and the ability to auto-rotate, will have a "death zone" to contend with between, say, 20 and 100 feet from the ground in which ballistic 'chutes will be no help.
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It think it will be a long time before we see these in common use, if ever. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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