A Practical Flying Car

Paper #:
  • 975582

Published:
  • 1997-10-01
Citation:
Crow, S., "A Practical Flying Car," SAE Technical Paper 975582, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/975582.
Author(s):
Pages:
10
Abstract:
This paper describes a project to build a practical flying car called Starcar 4. The vehicle actually is more like a flying motorcycle, since it uses three wheels on the road. It has a single seat and weighs a little less than 1200 lbs, so it could be certified as a primary class airplane. The vehicle is practical in the sense that it is about as light and simple as its mission allows. A single engine is used to propel the vehicle on the road and in the air. When not in use, the wings hang on the sides, and the driver plugs them into the fuselage when he wants to fly. Most functions serve in both road and sky modes. The driver can do an aerodynamic wheelie on the ground, and he will shift into fourth gear when he reaches cruise altitude.
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