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Old 09-13-2011, 08:01 PM
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:23 PM
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As an aircraft owner, knowing about the MASSIVE control and required approvals from the FAA, I will be surprised if this ever makes it to the streets. If it does, I don't expect it to survive the market place for very long.

I only glanced at the article, so I didn't see a price if one was given, but with the smallest of new airplane prices being a six figure number, this would have to come in at such a high cost that it won't be practical for commuters and will not be attractive to real pilots.

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:49 AM
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So someone thinks its a good idea for people who can't merge correctly, who do not drive by right-of-way rules, who tailgate, and drive aggressively to be able to take those non-skills to new heights? ( pun intended).
I see a large shrinking of the gene pool.
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So someone thinks its a good idea for people who can't merge correctly, who do not drive by right-of-way rules, who tailgate, and drive aggressively to be able to take those non-skills to new heights? ( pun intended).
I see a large shrinking of the gene pool.

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As an airplane, I'm sure that maintaining a relatively low weight is critical to in-air performance. Think this baby will pass current emission, crash test and other safety standards? I'm guessing that once you pile on all the equipment and structural enhancements necessary to meet current safety standards, and strangle the engine with automotive-style emission controls, you'll have a craft that possesses the flying capabilities of a penguin.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:08 AM
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Do you get free airline miles with a purchase of one of those?
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Yeah, as long as you pay the shipping cost to put it in the baggage hold, you can fly as a passenger for free. Something tells me that an airline ticket would be cheaper.
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As an airplane, I'm sure that maintaining a relatively low weight is critical to in-air performance. Think this baby will pass current emission, crash test and other safety standards? I'm guessing that once you pile on all the equipment and structural enhancements necessary to meet current safety standards, and strangle the engine with automotive-style emission controls, you'll have a craft that possesses the flying capabilities of a penguin.
You're exactly correct and I did not think about that side of it. A plane that size fueled and loaded would probably need to be in the 1,500 to no more than 2,000 pound range. I doubt that you could get all the regulatory crap on it and keep it below that weight even when empty.

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Old 09-14-2011, 11:13 AM
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uh...this is NOT a good idea from any point of view....
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:24 AM
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...add the hazards of people texting while flying!!!
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kinda like a futon, an uncomfortable couch that turns into an even more uncomfortable bed. promise is lost in practice. in engineering terms this is the ultimate polished turd......
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kinda like a futon, an uncomfortable couch that turns into an even more uncomfortable bed. promise is lost in practice. in engineering terms this is the ultimate polished turd......
How about adding biplane wings to an Amphicar?
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Yes, it is rare when compromise brings adequate function in all categories. As a driver, it doesn't look like anything I would want to drive and as a pilot, it doesn't look like anything that I'd like to fly.

There have been various attempts at this sort of thing at least as far back as the fifties. I remember seeing a similar contrivance in Popular Mechanics, or Popular Science from the fifties.
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