PAL-V Liberty – World’s First Certified Flying Car for Sale

The PAL-V Liberty, the world’s first production flying car, can now be ordered, having made its public debut at the Geneva motor show around a year before the first examples arrive on roads (and in skies). Dutch manufacturer PAL-V claims the Liberty is fully compliant with existing regulations and says it represents a “pivotal time in aviation and mobility history”. As you might imagine, the combination of car and flight leads to a few challenges. It’s slated for release in 2019, but still doesn’t have final safety certifications. It requires a pilot’s license and an airstrip for take off and landing. Oh yeah, and the transition from land to air isn’t something out of Q Branch, because it requires manual intervention (to be fair, it’s supposed to take less than 10 minutes). With all of that said, it’s still an amazingly capable vehicle that can hit up to about 100mph on the ground and up to 112mph in the sky, with a maximum air range over 300 miles. And, of course, it’s a freakin’ flying car you could be driving or flying next year. The PAL-V Libert Sport and Liberty Pioneer Editions can be pre-ordered through PAL-V with prices starting at $399,000. And don’t forget to check other great examples of flying cars concepts: Terrafugia’s Driverless Flying Car Concept, Collapsible Aeromobil 3.0 Flying Car and Terrafugia TF-X Personal Flying Car.

Terrafugia’s Driverless Flying Car Concept

Founded in 2006, Terrafugia is on a mission to bring personal flight to homes everywhere. Their latest concept, the ‘TF-X’ is a fixed wing street legal aircraft with electric ground drive and electric power assist on take off and landing. It will be able to recharge its batteries either from its engine or by plugging in to electric car charging stations. Equipped with modern GPS ‘TF-X’ will be capable of ‘auto landing’ at approved sites within recommended weather limits and safely navigate through skylines in emergency situations. Terrafugia promises to keep the ‘TF-X’ price as low as possible, but expect it to be more than a normal car because high costs of light weight materials and difficult scale production. The company expects to take at least eight years to develop the terrafugia ‘TF-X’, so for now, save your pennies while stuck in traffic and keep on daydreaming about flying cars.

Collapsible Aeromobil 3.0 Flying Car

The fourth prototype of the flying car, the “Aeromobil 3.0″ features a number of advanced technologies that shortens its take-off time. It transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. This latest steel framework and carbon coated transformer was presented at the Pioneers Festival 2014, in Vienna. As a car, the “Aeromobil 3.0” is road legal, drives on regular gasoline and can fit into standard parking spaces. When morphed into a plane, it can take-off and land from airports, grass strips and paved surfaces by only needing a few hundred meter long runway. Using a rotax 912 engine, it has a top speed of 124mph and can take-off when 90mph is reached. Its range of 430 miles and fuel consumption of 15 liters per hour is achievable because of the composite materials construction. A regular flight-testing program has been conducted since October 2014 to continue the improvement and development of the “aeromobil”.

Terrafugia TF-X: Your Personal Flying Car

The Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia has announced its Transition design, which is part sedan, part private jet with two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car, will be on sale in less than two years. They have also unveiled plans for a TF-X model that will be small enough to fit in a garage, and won’t need a runway to take off. Motorised rotors attached to the wings of the TF-X make it possible to take off from standing still. This means cars could switch from driving to flying when they encounter traffic. However, the wingspan requires a diameter of 100 feet to do so. Take a look!