The Flying Car

The AirCar is the flying car of our childhood dreams. Today a prototype completed an inaugural, 35-minute intercity flight from Nitra to Bratislava in western Slovakia.

The 35-minute flight cut normal travel time in half.

Although this is a maiden voyage, the company has a lot of experience.

The company has been working on its hybrid aircraft for more than 30 years. With 142 successful landings and over 40 hours of test flights under its belt.

AirCar prototype completes its first inter-city flight

Runways are needed on either end of your trip so you still need to look for an airport for takeoff and landings. An alternative approach is the Aska which is more like a folding helicopter that has wheels.

Either way, the future is here, if unevenly distributed.

Chuck Yeager

“On December 10, 1963, while testing an NF-104A rocket-augmented aerospace trainer, he narrowly escaped death when his aircraft went out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashed. He parachuted to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he became the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights.” (from the biography of General Chuck Yeager)

The movie, The Right Stuff, depicts the crash in all its terror. In reality, General Yeager was talking with his chase plane pilot and the ground crew about what was happening as a test pilot does so they could take their notes and gather data.

In an interview, listen to Chuck Yeager describe the incident depicted in the film clip above. He’s all business describing the way things were supposed to work, what he suspects went wrong, and how he calmly thought through what he needed to do to survive.

I know it’s been said before but this guy has nerves of steel.

Flying

Michael Karp, our new friend in Alameda, took Tyler and I up for a spin around the Bay with his son. Tyler was glued to the window as we took off and circled over the Golden Gate but then fell asleep for the landing. Just another flight for him I suppose but for me it was an great perspective on the San Francisco Bay.

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