January 23, 2017 - Airbus Plans to Test a Flying Car by the End of the Year
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders announced last week that the company plans to test a prototype of a “flying car” by the end of the year.
The autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle called Vahana, is going to be for individual passenger and cargo transport and is supposed to utilize clean technology. The aircraft is composed of eight rotors on two sets of wings, both of which tilt depending on whether the vehicle is flying vertically or horizontally.
Read full article here.
November 17, 2016 - Autonomous Flying Taxi Completes Mostly Successful Test Flight
Delivery on the promise of flying cars has been due for some time now. While I can’t pinpoint exactly when the idea of the flying car originated, it’s safe to say that it happened shortly after the first chariot was taken for its inaugural spin.
Well, it’s been a long time since chariots challenged for land speed records and constituted the most technologically advanced transportation option. Flying cars might finally be coming, with an added autonomous twist.
Isreal’s Tactical Robotics has announced that its AirMule (now known as the Cormorant), a squat VTOL autonomous craft has completed its first autonomous flight test earlier this month.
Read full article here.
August 17, 2016 - Airbus is building a high-speed flying taxi fleet so you never have to sit in traffic again
Airbus wants to make the flying car a reality.
The aircraft manufacturer is designing a flying taxi, named CityAirbus, that can fly itself to make commuting easier in traffic-heavy cities. Airbus wrote on its website that the flying taxi will be part of a fleet so you can summon it on your smartphone. Read full article here.
July 29, 2016 - Student-Built 'Paratrike' Is an Incredibly Light Flying Car
Students in Singapore have built a 49 kilogram (108 pounds) paraglider tricycle, the lightest of its kind, which can carry one person and will be featured on the National Geographic Channel.
The project was part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Machine Impossible” challenge, which had tasked the Design-Centric Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with creating a flying vehicle – any flying vehicle – that would be fun and photogenic. The paraglider trike, named the Delta, has two propellers and runs on Lithium polymer batteries, and serves as the world’s most lightweight personal flying machine. Read full article here.
July 19, 2016 - ALTERNATE FUTURES | Isaac Asimov's Flying Car
In 1964, Isaac Asimov penned a now-famous essay in the New York Times in which he made predictions for the 2014 New York World’s Fair. In keeping with the time-honored tradition of future predictions, Asimov was very close to right in some ways, and really, really wrong in others. One of the ways in which he was wrong was his prediction for the way we’d drive in 2014. His vision of tomorrow involved “fewer tires, more flying.” So, why was he wrong?
For the most part, it comes down to the fact that driving planes and flying cars are both pretty inefficient means of transport. Though Asimov’s idea that hovering above the highway instead of driving on it would save some wear and tear on our infrastructure, it turns out that flying cars just don’t make a lot of sense. Read full article here.
June 20, 2016 - Flying cars just took a big step closer to being legal
It looks like a goofy mosquito, its fat cockpit shoving through the wind while aloft, its wings folded up like a dragonfly while grounded. And it marks the biggest step toward a real, commercial flying car.
The Terrafugia Transition earned an exemption Sunday from the Federal Aviation Administration as a “light sport aircraft,” meaning the federal government is on track to legalize the first flying car. Read full article here.
June 19, 2016 - Ehang 184 – World's First Passenger Drone
If science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that we’ll eventually have flying cars. So where are they? I have yet to see a car that could sustain flight for longer than a few seconds without smashing into the ground, but what if we skipped the flying car idea altogether and went straight to passenger drones? Well, one company is looking to make that a reality, and without diving into all the specifics surrounding the regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration, a company known as Ehang has a promising proposition called the 184 – the world’s first passenger drone. Read full article here.
June 09, 2016 - Google co-founder Larry Page is secretly building flying cars
Google co-founder Larry Page has been personally funding a pair of startups devoted creating flying cars, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Page has reportedly funded one startup, named Zee.Aero, with more than $100 million since its creation in 2010, and putting money into another, named Kitty Hawk, since last year. His interest in the companies is a personal ambition, says Bloomberg, and he even retained an office at once of the company's headquarters, where he was referred to pseudonymously as GUS — the guy upstairs. Read the full story by James Vincent here.
May 23, 2016 - With quake disruptions in mind, Aichi team working on flying car
Young automotive engineers working in the Mikawa district of Aichi Prefecture are developing a flying car.
Set to be completed in 2020, the flying vehicle is expected to be used in such cases as natural disasters. The Kumamoto earthquakes last month made the group even more determined to finish their work.
“We hope to complete it and get it ready for use as soon as possible,” said group leader Tsubasa Nakamura, 31, of Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture. Read full article here.
May 22, 2016 - A personal flying vehicle for skipping traffic on short trips
The Solexa is a personal flying vehicle (PFV) concept that uses a fuel cell to power six motorized fans. With an autonomy of 20 minutes, it could be used to travel across the city, explore the backcountry, conduct surveillance or even be used as a recreational vehicle. Read full article here.
May 03, 2016 - Inventor builds incredible HoverBike that actually flies
When he’s not busy designing thermite cannons or wearable weapons that involve throwing flames, Colin Furze comes up with all sorts of clever ideas – or takes inspiration from his YouTube fans. For his latest stunt, he created an amazing HoverBike that can actually lift a person off the ground and fly around.
Read the full story by Chris Smith, BGR News, here.
April 21, 2016 - The Future of Cars Is Already Here
In the last hangar off the runway in Prineville, Oregon, Sam Bousfield locked down one of the wings to his flying car. His engineer was busy burnishing the parabolic slope of the carbon-fiber finish. Bousfield handed me half a tail wing. It floated in my hand, light as balsa wood. “Eight pounds,” he said, which, for a structural component of an airplane, is almost nothing. Off in the far side of the hangar sat his original wooden mock-up of the chassis, a three-wheeled aerodynamic lozenge right out of a manga enthusiast’s idea of a speed racer. He encouraged me to climb in and get a feel for the feng shui of the driver’s seat, the view out the windshield, the sense of balance. But what he really wanted me to see was that this thing was real—that the flying car is no longer in that jetpack realm of promising technology that never quite arrives. “I expect to take this car into the air in June,” he said. Read full article here.
February 09, 2016 - Harder, safer, lighter, stronger…
In a drive to improve safety by developing hi-tech fire resistant containers, UPS found it had also created much lighter containers, saving significant amounts of fuel. Similar products are now being deployed by other airlines. MACROLite is discussed in this undated article. The Created date is 9-31-15. Read full article here.
January 01, 2016 - Why the dream of the flying car hasn't panned out
If you're ever bothered by the blind spots in the typical car today, then you would hate to drive a flying car. But a new Toyota patent offers a solution to a classic flying car problem — awful blind spots and a vehicle that's too wide for roads, parking spaces and garages.
Flying cars are rare, but you can find a few in the wild. A handful of companies around the globe are developing them. A long list of challenges has held back flying cars since their initial creation almost a century ago. One problem is putting the wings on the side of the car, which blocks driver sight lines and makes the vehicle so wide that it's difficult to park and drive on roads. Read full article here.
December 11, 2015 - Delivering Wishes: a Mobile Documentary - Anchorage, AK
Today we’re taking you to Anchorage, Alaska. While not the largest UPS hub, our Anchorage facility does play a key role in our international operations as a jumping off point to Asia. Anchorage averages 90 inbound and 90 outbound flights a week and is home to nearly 1,000 of our employees. It’s not uncommon to see one of our 747-400s being marshaled into position. With the 747’s max payload of nearly 258,000 lbs. It definitely helps us get your #WishesDelivered. Read more here.
*Those gray-green containers are made with MACRO's MACROLite.
December 04, 2015 - FAA Grants Terrafugia sUAS Exemption for Flight Testing
Terrafugia is still tweaking the design of its TF-X, an electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flying car, which is slated to be tested in 2016 and 2017.
This week, the company announced that it will soon begin flight testing with an unmanned, one-tenth scale model of the TF-X in order to gauge its hovering ability and collect flight characteristic data, which will drive the design choices on the final prototype. Read more here.
December 04, 2015 - Students Unveil World's First Actual Flying Car in Singapore
Eight engineering students from Singapore recently unveiled what could be the world's very first successful flying car. The current prototype of the personal flying machine can lift a 70 kg person and can be airborne for five minutes. The student inventors, who hail from the National University of Singapore, call their creation, the Snowstorm. Read full story here.
November 11, 2015 - Flying cars might be a reality thanks to Turkish-Japanese project
Apparently inspired by the "Back to the Future" movie series, universities in Turkey and Japan have joined forces to build a flying electric car. Scientists from Geliºim University in Turkey and Nagasaki University in Japan are preparing to unveil a prototype of the car in the coming months, Turkish media outlets reported. Read more here.
October 14, 2015 - Canadian inventor tests new prototype of record-setting hoverboard
This past May, Montreal inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the world record for the longest hoverboard flight.
Duru flew up to five metres above a lake for a distance of 275.9 metres aboard his homemade, propeller-powered hoverboard in a trip that lasted more than 1½ minutes.
Now, the 31-year-old Duru and his company, Omni Hoverboards, are working on a secret, next-generation version of the device. Watch as he takes CBC's Reg Sherren into the workshop where he is building it, and then to a Quebec lake where he puts the new prototype to the test for the first time. Watch video here.
September 03, 2015 - Is Toyota Working on a Ridiculous Flying Car?
Toyota has recently filed a strange patent that hints the company may be developing a flying car.
The patent was filed in the U.S. and published today for a “stackable wing for an aerocar.”
The patent was originally filed on March 2, 2014 and its abstract reads: “A wing includes an upper surface that forms a generally fixed shape and a lower surface adjacent to the upper surface. The lower surface is morphable between a stowed shape and a deployed shape. A method of morphing a wing includes morphing a lower surface between a stowed shape and a deployed shape. The lower surface curves towards the supper surface in the stowed shape and curves away from the upper surface in the deployed shape.” Read more here.
September 03, 2015 - Terrafugia Seeks FAA Exemption For Flying Car Work
Terrafugia is threatening to move its TF-X small UAV flying car research and development work out of the U.S. if the FAA does not grant the company an exemption for its work.
Massachusetts-based Terrafugia wants permission to fly three “small, working scale models” of the four-seat plug-in hybrid electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Read more here.
July 26, 2015 - Terrafugia shows off 2021 flying car
The US company behind the 2012 Transition flying car has unveiled its vision for the future of flying cars.
Called the TF-X, the new car/plane is powered by an undisclosed 225kW petrol-electric hybrid system said to be capable of averaging 8.0L/100km on the road. Read more here.
July 25, 2015 - Flying cars exist
We just can’t drive them yet.
Ever since the dawn of the motor vehicle, dreams of empyrean automobiles have stirred the popular imagination. The phrase has become shorthand for innovation, but also an emblem of a future that never came. As venture capitalist Peter Thiel famously lamented, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Read more here.
July 21, 2015 - Bonkers Company Releases New Driverless Flying Car...Animation
You might have heard of Terrafugia. The company is a bit...out there. It has released a new video this week showing off its latest flying car concept. Should consumers expect to see this new driverless model, known as the TF-X™, zipping around in the sky sometime soon? No. No, they should not. Read more here.
July 10, 2015 - Is This $71,500 Flying Car The Best Bargain Ever?
There's got to be a catch.
The Sky Commuter was a flying car prototype built by Boeing in the 1980's and was Boeing's attempt to be the pioneer in the ever-elusive flying car market. Of all the flying car concepts that we’ve seen, the design of the Sky Commuter actually doesn’t look half bad. The original Boeing Sky Commuter concept utilized three fans connected to a gas-turbine engine as its power-base and relied on a helicopter-style drive shaft to maneuver around the roads and the skies. This little venture into the flying car sector cost Boeing $6,000,000. Read full story here.
To see auction listing, visit Barrett-Jackson's website here.
July 02, 2015 - Army developing a 'flying motorcycle' for the battlefield
In a few years, U.S. ground forces could be zipping around the battlefield on hoverbikes that might bring to mind the speeder bikes in “Return of the Jedi.”
The Army Research Laboratory recently completed a nine-month feasibility study on using a hoverbike, which it calls a tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, for a variety of purposes, including helping soldiers escape ground threats, and said the results were promising. Over the next three to five years, ARL said, it will work with U.K.-based hoverbike maker Malloy Aeronautics and Maryland-based defense company Survice Engineering to produce fill-size prototypes.
Read full story here.
June 26, 2015 - The flying car has arrived and it looks scary as hell
Deliver packages by drone? Yawn! Thorstin Crijns aims to transport people by multicopter, flying car style, and he actually built a brilliant/insane working prototype. A typical quadcopter won't cut it, so his machine has 16 separate motors and props, with a cluster of lithium-ion batteries to power it. Since weight is of the essence, the computer-optimized frame is made of lightweight 6060 aluminum. The final piece of the puzzle is the control system, and Crijns chose the MultiWii Autopilot, a well-known product that adjusts the power on each motor to keep things straight and level. Read full story here.
May 24, 2015 - When Ford Pintos Fly: The Bizarre Story of Henry Smolinski and His Flying Ford
People give their lives for many reasons. Some die for their country, others for their faith. Every so often, however, we hear of people who give their lives for less noble ideals. Take Henry Smolinski for example. He died while trying to make his dream of a flying Ford Pinto come true. Read full story here.
May 09, 2015 - Are Flying Cars for Real This Time? (+Infographic)
One of the most common features of our imagined future has always been the flying car. The 21st century was meant to have skyways instead of highways, with vehicles buzzing overhead, weaving through skyscrapers and gliding into skyports.
Take heart. Although we’re a little behind schedule, there are a number of companies out there seriously working to bring flying cars to market in the next few years. Read full story here.
May 05, 2015 - Nasa testing 10-engine battery-powered electric plane prototype that takes off vertically
Nasa has built a battery-powered, 10-engine plane prototype that uses electric propulsion technology to take off vertically like a drone and then transforms in mid-air into a plane.
Greased Lightning, also known as GL-10, is a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has just successfully completed its first test flight. Nasa is hoping that the plane could be remotely-controlled and used for mapping and long-endurance crop surveillance, as well as a personal air vehicle for up to four passengers. Read full story here.
April 28, 2015 - Carplane Emerges in Europe
Another flying car prototype made its debut a couple of weeks ago at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany. Rather than having one cabin, the unusual two-seat, high-wing design has two fuselages arranged side-by-side. Read full story here.
March 25, 2015 - 1988: Manned test flight of a flying car
In 1988, inventor Paul Moller invited CBS News to witness a test flight of his flying car. The vehicle had been proven to work when piloted by remote control, but this time Moller wanted to be in the cockpit himself for a manned flight. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone covered Moller's attempt for the "CBS Evening News" as part of a story on the pursuit of a flying car. Watch video here.
February 19, 2015 - New vehicle merges airplane, quadcopter and car
WASHINGTON: A US-based start-up is developing a five-passenger 'flying car'-type vehicle that requires no runway to take off.
Arizona-based Krossblade has created the concept of the SkyCruiser - an electric hybrid aircraft that not only switches between being an airplane and a quadcopter, but can be driven on the road as well. Read full story here.
February 05, 2015 - Moller International Skycar Volantor Is Scheduled for Production
Davis, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/05/2015 -- Volantor Models
The Moller International (MLER) Skycar Volantor is a true flying car, similar to those seen in the movie "Back to the Future II" or "Fifth Element". What makes the Skycar different from other so-called flying cars is that it avoids a runway by taking off and landing vertically (VTOL). In addition to its VTOL capability, the Skycar fits in a single car garage, is designed to fly at over 300 miles per hour and can drive on the street to a nearby Vertiport (Heliport) where it will use the automated highway in the sky called HITS, now in development by the US government. Read full story here.
January 16, 2015 - Star Wars: Man loses case to make an X-wing inspired flying car
A man who sued Disney for stopping him from producing an X-wing lookalike flying car has had his case dismissed.
The US-based plaintiff, Delaware resident Joseph Alfred, was planning to work with a company called Terrafugia Inc, which he believed would be capable of producing the vehicle in question. The development of the car would be funded through internet-sourced investors, all of whom would receive a free ride in exchange for funding of $10,000, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Read full story here.
January 08, 2015 - Terrafugia Requests LSA Exemptions for Flying Car
Terrafugia has petitioned the FAA for an exemption from the limitations of the light-sport aircraft regulations for its Transition flying car to allow for an increase in the gross weight and stall speed. A notice of petition for exemption has been published by the FAA, allowing for public comment on the issue until January 20. So far, the nearly 100 comments are overwhelmingly in favor of Terrafugia’s request. Read full story here.
January 06, 2015 - Sky Commuter flying car to roll across the auction block
Have you been waiting for your chance to buy a flying car? It’s here!
Back in the 1980’s a company called Flight Innovations started work on a vehicle called the Sky Commuter. It was founded by some ex-Boeing engineers who wanted to develop a two-passenger car with the ability to take off vertically and fly. Read full story on Fox News here. More photos are available here.
December 27, 2014 - Exclusive: Meet The USAF's Long Awaited KC-46A Pegasus Tanker
It's been a decade and a half in the making, but now the time has finally come to see the USAF's new tanker in whole form, moving under its own power. The KC-46A is based on different elements of different variations of the Boeing 767, and once fielded, it will represent a massive capability increase in American aerial refueling and transport capabilities. Read full story here.
December 22, 2014 - Inventor's soaring ambition: Build a hover car
Brent Saxsma is hoping to launch a Kickstarter campaign in two or three months in order to turn A DeLorean sports car — yes, the one from "Back to the Future" — into a hover car that could take off and land anywhere without a runway. Read full story here.
December 03, 2014 - MACRO Industries Installs Armor on C-130 Hercules
MACRO Industries successfully installed new armor on a Youngstown C-130 Hercules the week of Nov. 2, 2014. Youngstown is the second base to receive a test version of the new system, designed for easier and more secure installation and better protection for aircrew members. Read full story here.
December 02, 2014 - A wingless flying car that drives like a motorcycle
The Icarus is a wingless flying powersport aircraft concept that drives like a motorcycle and uses the magnus effect to fly. It is equipped with a modified Rotax 914 engine to provide power to four rotating cylinders for lift and a rear propeller for propulsion. See full article By Charles Bombardier here
November 15, 2014 - The race is on for flying car start ups
(CNN) -- Not since the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk in 1903 has the competition been so intense. The technology that can give us the world's first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here. See full article By Peter Shadbolt for CNN here
November 02, 2014 - SkyCruiser Flying Car Aims To Slash Travel Times
Here at redOrbit we have watched the development of flying cars with great interest. We have already looked at the Terrafugia and the Aeromobil 3.0, which have both proven that what was once thought of as pure flight of fancy could soon become reality. See full article by Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com here
November 02, 2014 - AeroMobil 3.0 flying car appears to work
There's something about the idea of the flying car that continues to grab people's attention – at least to anyone sitting unmoving in traffic who just wishes they could take off and fly away. Of course, that's not really possible, but it doesn't keep people from trying to make it a reality. It's not entirely a dream, either, because a company from Slovakia called AeroMobil has a solution that actually appears to work. See video and full article by Chris Bruce for Autoblog here
October 03, 2014 - Finally, a flying car for everybody? It's the idiot-proof aerial commuter
(CNN) -- There may be plenty of idiots on the road, but is putting them in the skies taking it, quite literally, to the next dimension?
For Dr. Heinrich H. Bülthoff -- one of the leading researchers on the 'MyCopter' project -- it's a serious question.
Making an idiot-proof flying car that anyone can pilot has involved years of painstaking research and may be the secret to the long-held dream of firing up the rotors, levitating and simply flying out of the bumper-to-bumper grind. See full article By Peter Shadbolt for CNN here
September 11, 2014 - Flying “car” nearly ready for takeoff
August 24, 2014 - Why We're Not Driving the Friendly Skies
A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams stretching toward the horizon must also feel a need to know: Where are the flying cars? See full article by Stuart F. Brown, The New York Times here
August 07, 2014 - The OverDrive: The Flying Car That Brings True Door-to-Door Travel
EINPresswire.com -- There’s usually an airport within 20 miles from almost anywhere. But there’s always a road that’s a lot closer. So if you’re tired of the travel-go-round that goes from booking your tickets to leaving for the airport, checking in your baggage, spending quality time with a TSA agent, boarding, and finally arriving, and you’d like a process that means driving your car and then flying it, you’re ready for The OverDrive, a flying car that uses a Corvette engine and a 33.4 foot wing span to take you from the highways to the airways. See full article on EIN News here
July 13, 2014 - Flying motorbike that can hit 112mph on land AND in the air goes on sale
It's 50 years since the Jetsons first predicted we'd be flying the family about in airborne cars.
And now we are finally standing on the cusp of that long-awaited milestone, as the world's first flying motorcycle goes on sale.
The Pal-V One Helicycle is a two-seat hybrid car and gyrocopter that has the potential for making rush-hour delays a thing of the past. See video and full article by Victoria Woollaston and Damien Gayle for MailOnline here
June 24, 2014 - Flying cars could be a reality in China by 2016!
By 2016, rich Chinese mainlanders could potentially own their very own Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as US-based corporation Terrafugia turns East in search of partners that can help get their dream of inventing a flying car off the ground. See full article by Sophie Regan for Shanghaiist here
June 12, 2014 - The Real-Life Transforming Military Helicopter
Advanced Tactics is developing an autonomous helicopter that could land outside a battlefield, transform into a car, and drive into a dangerous area where soldiers need help.
Real-life transformers may be coming to the U.S. Army, and these helicopter-cars could provide a futuristic way to provide medical care on the battlefield.
See full article by Eric Tegler for Popular Mechanics here
May 28, 2014 - GF7 car design could legally hit 550 mph – in the sky
Greg Brown and Dave Fawcett are working on an design that they hope will yield something we've spent decades waiting for – a flying jet-propelled car. A sleek cross between a business jet with a luxury automobile, the GF7 drives on electric motors while on the ground, then can extend wings and use a 3,500-lb thrust jet engine to fly to 38,000 ft (12,000 m) and speeds of 550 mph (885 km/h). The (obvious) catch: if this ambitious project does get of the ground, it won't come cheap. See full article by Francis X Govers III for Gizmag here
May 13, 2014 - Straight out of the Jetsons! Solar-powered Citycopter could let commuters whizz from London to Paris in just two hours
According to the film Back to the Future Part II, 2015 is supposed to be the year of the flying car.
But if you're thinking that flying cars arriving as early as next year sounds a bit far-fetched, then you might want to check out proposals from Eduardo Galvani.
He claims his design, known as the Fly Citycopter, could be the air-borne method of transport we were promised by Doc Brown and Marty McFly's time travelling exploits. See full article by Jonathan O'Callaghan for Mail Online here
April 30, 2014 - French 'Flying Car' Undergoes Testing for Special Forces
PARIS — In “Live and Let Die,” a black-clad James Bond silently flies in the night in a black hang glider and lands on a mountain.
More than 40 years later, French special operations forces seek to do something similar, this time using a combination hang glider-dune buggy under development. See full article by Pierre Tran for Defense News here
April 18, 2014 - The Earliest Flying Cars, Jetpacks, and Other Insane Retrofuture Inventions
April 16, 2014 - Flight of Fancy: Creating the Next Flying Car
MIX Aerospace has been working for the last four years to create a flying car. Now they're looking to turn those dreams and drawings into working prototypes, using Indiegogo to help raise funds and, more importantly, awareness.
The idea of a flying car has been with us, in one form or another, for at least as long as we've had motorcars and flying machines. Visionaries have included Glenn Curtiss and his 1917 Model 11 Autoplane, Henry Dreyfuss's Corvaircar of 1947, Molt Taylor's 1949 Aerocar and Henry Smolinski's Mizar that mated a Ford Pinto to a Cessna Skymaster wing and engine in 1971. Full Article at EV World
April 12, 2014 - Black Knight roadable aircraft completes first VTVL test flight
Though they were once a staple of sci-fi, a symbol of a future many had become skeptical they’d ever get to see, the flying car is finally on its way. Technically their creators prefer them to be called “roadable aircraft” now, though it’s a minor distinction. They come in various flavours, from civilian plane-cars like the Transition to military troop transports like the Transformer, but they all combine the mobility of air travel with the ease and safety of “roading” (known to regular humans as “driving”). Now, a new contender called the Black Knight has appeared to vie for the honour of being the US military’s first roadable aircraft, debuting with a fully successful flight test. Full Article by Graham Templeton, for Geek News
April 11, 2014 - Rise of the Robots: Enter the flying Car
WASHINGTON (VR) This Prism may just be pursued by Jawas and Imperial Storm troopers.
Where forms the seeds for flying cars with collapsible wings that soar at 100 mph in the air scoot around the highways as nimble as a sports car... well, if you're Carl Dietrich co-founder and CEO of Terrafugia, you may have to set your sights "Back to the Future."
Full Article by Andrew Hiller, for The Voice of Russia
April 07, 2014 - Is 'The Jetsons' flying car finally here?
(CNN) -- Ever since the early 1960s when we were glued to the animated sitcom "The Jetsons", whimsical visions of a futuristic space utopia filled our imaginations leaving people asking themselves: "Where's my flying car?" Full Article by Teo Kermeliotis, for CNN
March 27, 2014 - UPS Tests Lithium Battery Cargo Safety Aids
Aviation Week reports that United Parcel Service (UPS) “is ready to start FAA certification testing of an active fire-suppression system fitted to the cargo carrier’s new fire-resistant containers, preventive measures aimed in large part at protecting crews from lithium-type battery fires.” The fire-resistant containers are the center of attention right now, though. Full Article by Dean Sigler
March 26, 2014 - Flying Cars May Be Coming, Just Not For Civilians
The flying car is that elusive dream that we continue to chase. The concept once seemed a breakthrough away during the 1950s. But as the decades wore on, the public became more and more jaded about the notion. Occasionally, a promising announcement would get our hopes up, but our skeptical eyes cut right through it. Most of us have given up on the idea altogether.
But if one report is to be believed, the flying car is almost here– it’s just not for the public. Scientific American reports that two “transformer”-type vehicles in development, for government use. Lockheed Martin and the much smaller Advanced Tactics are each working on potential designs, both with government DARPA backing. Full Article by George Kennedy
February 17, 2014 - Dawn Of The Flying Car
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES: It's an age old fantasy come to life. Designer Stefan Klein has created a dream that took over 20 years in the making, a car that can fly.
February 03, 2014 - Lithium-Based Batteries Spawn New Generation Of Safety Aids
UPS is ready to start FAA certification testing of an active fire-suppression system fitted to the cargo carrier's new fire-resistant containers, preventive measures aimed in large part at protecting crews from lithium-type battery fires.
In a final pre-certification test in November 2013, the suppression system quickly extinguished a “Class A fire load test” that reached internal temperatures as high as 1,370F. Fueling the fire were 90 boxes each filled with 2.5 lb. of shredded paper and ignited by a Nichrome wire, per the FAA's test requirements. From a temperature standpoint, UPS says the fire approximated what would be experienced in a large-scale lithium battery fire caused by thermal runaway. Full Article by John Croft, for Aviation Week
January 12, 2014 - This Flying Drone Helicopter Truck Is A Real Life Transformer
What is this? A flying drone? Eight flying drones? One flying helicopter? A moving room? A truck? It’s a little bit of everything. Called the AT Black Knight Transformer, it combines the vertical take-off and landing of a helicopter with the off-road driving capabilities of a truck. So yes, that means it can fly and drive. Oh and it’s a drone.
You see, when the Black Knight Transformer, made by Advanced Tactics and spotted by Popular Science, is in its fly configuration, the rotors are sprayed out and ready for take off. But when the transformer is in drive mode, the rotors are tucked in to its side to make it look like a normal car. Full Article by Casey Chan, for Gizmodo Australia
December 19, 2013 - AirMule Achieves Major Milestone on the Path to Full Mission Demonstrations
The AirMule, an unmanned VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft developed by Tactical Robotics Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd., has successfully completed a major milestone in preparation for full mission demonstrations scheduled for next year. The aircraft has completed several fully automatic test flights in which it carried out take-offs, flights to and from a specified location and landing back at its point of origination. See video and full article here
November 04, 2013 - How drones will change your life
(CNN) -- Apart from what they do for the military; drones have already proven themselves capable sheep herders, delivery boys, tour guides, filmmakers, archaeologists, and -- possibly -- spies.
The global economic potential of these machines is astounding; a recent study estimated the worldwide market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at $89 billion in 2013.
Proponents are eager to point out the many ways they're going to make our lives better.
"Really, this technology is an extra tool to help an industry be more effective," says Gretchen West, the executive vice president for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Full Article by Daisy Carrington and Jenny Soffel, for CNN
October 22, 2013 - Watch this Slovakian flying car take its first flight
When it comes to flying cars (or driving planes), the recent vehicle that most often comes to mind is the Terrafugia Transition. But that street-legal flying car has experienced years of delays, and the Aeromobil 2.5, a much sexier-looking flying car designed and built in Slovakia, recently made its first test flight.
It may seem like the Aeromobil made a quick entrance, but company co-founder and chief designer Štefan Klein has devoted 20 years to its development. The 2.5 in its name means that it's the prototype of the third-generation Aeromobil - development of 1.0 started in 1990, and it looked much different from the current prototype. It has collapsible wings that are swept back for driving duties and unfolded for flight.
August 25, 2013 - Lockheed Martin's Transformer TX could give military its version of a flying car
In the 1980s movie series "Back to the Future," Marty McFly used a flying car to travel through time. Impossible, right?
Well, sort of.
A new project by Lockheed Martin and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, includes a flying "car" that will be a hybrid of an armored vehicle and a helicopter. Transformer TX can't travel back in time - that we know - but the vehicle could be ready for testing as soon as 2015, according to Lockheed officials. Full Article by Leada Gore, AL.com
August 02, 2013 - Pilot drives airplane more than 1,000 miles
Trey Johnson knows what it's like to drive an airplane down the interstate for 1,014 miles. Pretty fun, actually.
You get all the honks, waves and fellow motorists dangling cellphone cameras out their windows to snap a photo. "It seems to have a built-in smile generator," Johnson says.
Full Article by by Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
July 22, 2013 - UPS Announces the Use of New Fire-Resistant Shipping Containers
Research became reality today when UPS (NYSE: UPS) placed an industry-first order for 1,821 fire-resistant shipping containers. The implementation of these unit load devices (ULDs) represents a milestone in aviation history, offering unprecedented protection from intense fires. Delivery of the new containers will begin this September and is expected to be complete by early 2014.
The containers are built with a revolutionary new panel material, MACROLite, a fiber-reinforced plastic composite similar to the material used in ballistic body armor. Burn testing conducted by UPS and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and observed by the NTSB, has shown that a ULD with MACROLite panels can contain a fire with a peak temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours. That time frame would give a flight crew ample time to land safely in the event of an in-flight fire.
UPS Pioneers Aviation Safety, Implements New Fire-Resistant Shipping Containers
June 23, 2013 - 1949 Flying car is up for sale, but you need 8 different licenses to use it
The world’s first flying car is now up for sale. Valued at $938,340, this 21 ft long car was built by Moulton Taylor in 1949. Also known as Taylor Aerocar, this car features foldable wings which quickly makes the change from a flying car to a road vehicle and vice versa. Full Article Written by Sagar Patel, Rush Lane Daily Auto News.
June 18, 2013 - World's first flying car, 1949's Aerocar, goes up for sale for nearly $1 million
Developed by inventor Moulton Taylor, the unique Aerocar could not only fly it was designed to drive on roads, too. The flight system could be removed and towed by the car, then easily reassembled. Read more
June 17, 2013 - Automatic Sensors Provide Traffic Reports in England
Frixo has introduced a new system for giving traffic reports for UK motorways. Much of the collected data comes from automatic sensors placed at various points around the motorway to monitor vehicle speeds. This means accurate, up-to-date reports can be provided which is normally faster than other mediums, such as radio. Typically, speed readings are updated every 3 minutes.
As well as providing average speeds for many of the junctions, also provided is additional data (when available) such as speed limits, traffic incidents, information given on electronic displays, road work information and any hazardous weather conditions.
June 03, 2013 - Flying Car Crash Cause Determined
Some tangled parachute lines, a seriously aft C of G and some kind of air turbulence ganged up on a Maverick flying car to send it spiraling into a schoolyard in western Canada in early May. Canada's Transportation Safety Board turned over the investigation to the manufacturer of the aircraft, ITEC, to come up with the cause and the company's COO Troy Townsend traveled to Kelowna, British Columbia, a week later to conduct the probe. By analyzing video from two GoPro cameras onboard the aircraft, plus video shot from the ground by AVweb and airport surveillance camera video, Townsend and pilot Ray Siebring determined at least three independent factors contributed to the stall/spin that ended with the Maverick spinning from an altitude of about 500 feet into the playground fence of a school in Vernon, B.C., on May 10. "Any one of those factors wasn't enough to bring the aircraft down but they all added up together," said Townsend, who has hundreds of hours on the vehicle, which is really just a large powered parachute with a street-legal car as its payload.
May 15, 2013 - UAE schoolboy's flying car idea gets thumbs up from Virgin tycoon Richard Branson
A nine-year-old boy received the ultimate endorsement for his business idea - a vote of approval from Sir Richard Branson during the billionaire’s visit to the UAE.
Grade-four student Ellis Baker pitched his “flying car” to Branson during his visit to Dubai on Tuesday. The Jebel Ali school pupil told 7DAYS he had been working on the plan for two years. Read more
May 11, 2013 - Flying car crashes near B.C. school, pilot says he's not deterred
VERNON, B.C. - A pilot whose flying car would be right at home in a James Bond movie says his life flashed before his eyes Friday when the contraption went out of control as it was landing at the airport in Vernon, B.C.
"It seemed there was an anomaly on our approach to landing," Ray Siebring said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press from the crash site. Read more
May 07, 2013 - Terrafugia's Next Flying Car Envisioned as Tilt-Rotor
Even though its first flying car is still at least two years away, a Massachusetts aerospace firm has unveiled a new design for a future product after that, one more akin to a helicopter than a plane.
Like its winged Transition flying car, its first product that is now scheduled for delivery in 2015, Terrafugia's TF-X would drive like a car on the ground, then take to the air like a plane. But instead of requiring drivers to find a runway, they could merely head to the local helipad -- or a parking lot -- and take off using tilt-rotor technology. Full Article Written by Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY.
April 01, 2013 - Future Vertical Lift Takes Step Forward
Army officials have been talking for almost a decade about new vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to replace its aging fleets of helicopters. The recent kickoff of a technical demonstrator program marks a transition from dialogue to actually putting an aircraft in the sky.
Prototypes for the new platform — interchangeably called joint multi-role or future vertical lift — could be flown as early as fiscal year 2017. A broad area announcement for the joint multi-role technical demonstrator was put out in August 2012.
Full article written by Valerie Insinna.
March 31, 2013 - MACRO Receives Thank You Plaque
MACRO received a Thank You plaque for the successful completion of CDR for the KC-46 Tanker program. MACRO is providing the Crew Armor Protection System.
March 15, 2013 - This Homemade ‘Flying Car’ Can’t Exactly Fly, But It Still Turns Heads
When Bruce Tomb realized that flying cars weren’t on the imminent horizon, he decided to make his own.
The outcome might not be what you’d expect. With the help of some friends, Tomb created “Maria del Camino.” She’s an excavator topped with a 1959 El Camino, mounted on a hydraulic array that lifts it high off the ground. Her body is adorned with thousands of drilled-out holes, and her hood sports a portrait of the robot woman from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which shines when the light hits it. In simple terms, it’s nothing but sheer magnificence. (more)
January 25, 2013 - What a way to beat the traffic! Flying car developer says he's $80 million closer to making sci-fi dream a reality
Developers of a flying car say they're about $80 million closer to giving your morning commute a real lift.
For years, Moller International has been working on a way to make the old science fiction dream of turning tires into turboprops a reality.
Their SkyCar, designed for speeds of over 300 MPH at altitudes as high as 36,000 feet would seat four people and isn't trying to replace commercial air travel. (more)
October 17, 2012 - PAL-V Ultimate Freedom
[PAL-V | Ultimate Freedom] Source: LYBIO.net
This year we announced the first flight of a prototype flying car. This unique vehicle is called the PAL-V One or the Personal Air and Land Vehicle. And it marks the start of a new era of door-to-door mobility. On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes, its rotor is unfolded, its tail is extended, and then it is ready to take off. The Pal-V is very easy and safe to fly, thanks to the advanced gyrocopter technology, which allows for take-off and landing in small spaces.
With these successful test results, we have proven that it is not only possible to build a flying car, but also that it can be done within existing international rules for both flying and driving. For more than 100 years, people have dreamed of the freedom of a flying car and many attempts have been made to realize this dream, but now it has truly became a reality.
PAL-V creating a new future in mobility. (view video)
August 13, 2012 - Rare ‘flying car’ for sale
When “The Jetsons” introduced us to flying cars, we all assumed that we’d have one by the time the 21st century rolled around.
You still can have one, but you’ll need $1.25 million. And, while you’re at it, you’re also going to need both a driver’s license and a pilot’s license, as well as both car and airplane insurance.
Oh, and you’ll need to learn a trick in order to land it.
Airplane collector Greg Herrick has put his 1954 Taylor Aerocar up for sale. It’s one of only five that are still operational, and three of them are in museums.
The other one in private hands also is for sale, with an asking price of $2.2 million. (view video)
August 02, 2012 - New flying car readies to hit the skies, streets
Flying cars seem to be gaining traction as a popular idea, with a new flying car making its public debut at the world's biggest airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The PD2 from PlaneDriven is a modification of a Glasair Sportsman kit airplane with the addition of a separate 50-horsepower "drive unit" attached to the back.
The manufacturer describes the PD2 as being "designed to perform as an aircraft first and a car second." One look at the design and you can tell that for sure.
June 14, 2012 - John Brown University Eaglenauts
MACRO Industries, Inc sponsored John Brown University Eaglenauts Lunabotics event in April of this year. The MACROLite bin's invaluable contribution saved the Eaglenauts 3 pounds of weight which earned them 14 extra points in the competition. The team placed 4th in mining out of 55 teams that arrived to compete.
Here is a video of the Eaglenaut's robot, with the MACROLite bin, in action.
March 17, 2012 - Sky's the limit: World's first flying car on the market at £800,000 (and it's been in the air since 1946)
Note: There are some great photos and videos of the car flying in this article.
If waiting in traffic jams leaves you ready to explode, the solution is finally here.
Drivers can switch from the road to the air in minutes at the wheel of the world's first flying car - which is on the market at a sky-high price of £800,000.
The two-seat automobile can reach speeds of 60mph on land and up to 110mph at 12,000 feet, despite being more than 60 years old. (more).
March 07, 2012 - DARPA Flying Hummer should have Phase 2 Design Reviews in 2012 and Prototype Vehicle in 2015
Aviation Week - "Flying Humvees" being designed by AAI and Lockheed Martin have made it through to the second phase of DARPA's Transformer (TX) program - but the sheer scale of the challenges in producing a fly-drive tactical vehicle is becoming clear.
Transformer is not simply a roadable aircraft - it is a four-seat vehicle that must be able to drive off-road, survive small-arms fire, and rapidly reconfigure into an aircraft that can take off and land vertically and be flown without pilot training. (more).
February 28, 2012 - The first flying car was based on the Ford Pinto, and killed its inventor
Note: This is not the first flying car, but one we don’t remember seeing before.
If you're one of those people who's always wondering why the flying car hasn't been invented yet, you're too late. The first flying car was already created back in the 1970s — but don't get too excited. It was literally a huge disaster.
Over the last year, scientists have been trying to perfect a real flying car — which is for the best, since an imperfect car has caused a lot of trouble in the past. Henry Smolinski was the inventor of the first flying car — and it killed him. But it was a beautiful dream while it lasted. (more).
February 16, 2012 - Moller Is Back With Yet Another Set Of Flying Cars
Raise your hand if you used to secretly wish flying cars were a reality when watching movies like Back to the Future, Fifth Element, or even the TV show, the Jetsons. Not only does the idea of flying across roads just sound cool as hell, it actually is starting to become more and more practical in a world that is quickly becoming over-congested with very limited space for cars, trucks, and other roadway transportation.
While we might have just thought about the idea of a flying car, Paul Moller has dedicated the better part of his life trying to make the dream a reality. He has gone through many major prototypes over the years, with one of the most publicly promoted models being the M400X Skycar.
December 13, 2011 - Davis-based Moller International, Inc signs agreement with partner in China
Davis-based Moller International Inc. believes its futuristic ideas will fly in China.
Moller, developer of the Skycar flying vehicle and other vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a joint-venture partner in China to develop, manufacture, distribute and sell its products in China.
September 28, 2011 - Fulton Airphibian
Successfully tested in 1947, the Airphibian was the first roadable aircraft to be certified by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. In flight, it looked like a small airplane. For road use, its entire aft section, including the tail and wings, was detached and rested on its own small wheels. The propeller was also removed. The Airphibian was quite airworthy, and on a dare from Life magazine, inventor Robert Fulton once used it to travel from his home in Connecticut to Manhattan to attend a Broadway show. Fulton blamed government regulations for making it unmarketable.
August 30, 2011 - Carplane Air/Road Vehicle
Carplane® gets prize from Transport Minister!
On Aug. 30, 2011, a 7-person jury comprising of journalists, engineers, businesspeople and professors announced Carplane® winner of this year's top business idea award.
August 24, 2011 - The Curtiss Autoplane
•In 1892 Henry Ford started building his first experimental automobile.
•In 1903 the Wright brothers first flew their self-powered aircraft.
•In 1917 Glenn Curtiss designed the Autoplane.
•In 1918 the first patent for a flying car went to a competitor - F. Longobardi.
•In 1919 the Curtiss Autoplane also received a patent.
(more). Roadable Times
August 24, 2011 - Rail fastener suppliers focus on R&D
In terms of R&D, Unit Rail is developing a “potential game-changer” for concrete- and wood-tie customers: the Tie Armor™, which is produced from “Macro Composite,” a proprietary material that’s very durable, abrasion resistant, non-conductive, stable in extreme temperatures and UV-resistant, Unit Rail officials said.
“We have taken a technology developed for military and aerospace applications and re-engineered it for railroad and transit uses,” they said. (more). Progressive Railroading, Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor
August 17, 2011 - Flying car built by Russian ex-pilot
You can take the man out of the plane, but you certainly can’t take the plane out of the man – case in point, former pilot Valery Bulgakov who hails from Russia who actually spent a huge chunk of his own time to build this prototype of a flying car. This model won’t take to the skies in a way you imagine, as it is meant to be low flying, where Valery has dubbed it the ‘V. Bulgakov’ after himself. (read more). By Edwin Kee, Ubergizmo
August 09, 2011 - How Flying Humvees Will Work
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a 5,900-pound (2,676-kilogram) armored vehicle with rock-crushing off-road capabilities, a 5,100-pound (2,313-kilogram) payload capacity and … wings? A flying Humvee? Seriously? By Jamie Paige Deaton
August 06, 2011 - Ford Flivver
Henry Ford’s “sky flivver” took to the air in 1926 and came crashing down a couple of years later in a distance-record attempt that killed the pilot. Not a true flying car, it did inspire others to attempt to create a roadable aircraft. By Damon Poeter
August 06, 2011 - Waterman Arrowbile
Waldo Waterman’s creation became the first flying car to actually fly on March 21, 1937. Powered by a Studebaker engine on the road and in flight, the Arrowbile hit 112 m.p.h. in the air and 56 m.p.h. on the ground. By Damon Poeter
August 06, 2011 - Dixon Flying Car
It’s difficult to determine if this flying car built by Jess Dixon of Andalusia, Ala. ever actually flew (this photo was supposedly snapped around 1940). But it’s fun to imagine that once upon a time, Jed Clampett tooled around in one of these mini-copters, with the fuselage doubling as a moonshine still.
August 06, 2011 - Convair ConvAirCar
The Convair Model 118 was also known as the Hall Flying Automobile, two prototypes of which were built and flown in 1947 before the project was scrapped. Maybe bolting an airplane to the top of a sedan wasn’t such a great idea. By Damon Poeter
August 06, 2011 - Taylor Aerocar
Designed and built by Moulton Taylor in 1949, a company called Aerocar International ended up manufacturing six Aerocar models but the vehicle never entered production. By Damon Poeter, PCMAG.com
August 06, 2011 - Curtiss-Wright VZ-7
The military got a taste for flying cars in the 1958 when this VTOL “flying jeep” was designed by the Curtiss-Wright company for the U.S. Army. Chrysler (VZ-6) and Airgeep (VZ-8) also produced flying jeep prototypes for Uncle Sam. By Damon Poeter, PCMAG.com
August 06, 2011 - Parajet Skycar
In recent times, flying cars have made a comeback. This biodiesel-fueled roadable aircraft developed by British company Parajet uses both a paramotor and a ParaWing so that if the engine fails, the pilot can glide the vehicle safely back to the ground. It’s also got a emergency ballistic reserve parachute in the event everything totally goes to hell.
August 06, 2011 - Moller Skycar
Paul Moller’s assorted attempts at a “Volantor” flying car can be seen here. His most recent effort is on the far right and uses four ducted fans encasing the propellers to improve aerodynamics and avoid slicing through passing pedestrians and other vehicles. By Damon Poeter, PCMAG.com
August 06, 2011 - I-TEC I-Fly Maverick
Another modern flying car under development, the I-Fly Maverick sticks out from the competition with its colored, masted flex wing, giant parachute, and airboat-like rear propeller. By Damon Poeter, PCMAG.com
August 03, 2011 - The Aeon Project Egg-Shaped Flying Car
Imagine a monolithic, egg-shaped flying car whose surface splits to let you enter and fly it around Luxembourg - where it points out historic architecture and allows you to explore the city via a steering wheel that emerges from the dashboard.... You know what? You'd better watch the video below. Words just can't describe all the awesomeness contained in the futuristic Aeon Project flying car. We're talking 3D navigation apps and tourist apps that allow you to explore ruins or rebuild roman temples at the touch of the windshield. Don't get it? Like we said, watch the video, or click through our gallery for a better idea. (read more).
July 18, 2011 - Scaled Composites: BiPod 367 by Burt Rutan, the hybrid flying car
Created by the company Scaled Composites (also in charge of the development of Virgin Galactic aircrafts), and designed by his former boss who retired in April, the BiPod 367 is a real UFO: a hybrid flying car with range extender or if you prefer an hybrid roadable aircraft... (read more).Article by H. Le Flanchec, TechVehi
July 10, 2011 - Huntsville Companies Helping Army get Afghan Pilots Flying New Russian Helicopters
In a hangar at Huntsville International Airport, the Army is working with an American company to modify some old Russian helicopters so Afghan crews can be trained to fly the newer versions, and U.S. troops can come home sooner.
Col. Bert Vergez watched recently as a team of Science and Engineering Services employees removed an instrument panel from the cockpit of an older, bulbous Mi-17 helicopter. They will replace it with a more modern, "westernized" set of instruments and technology similar that used today in Afghanistan by U.S. and allied forces. (read more). By Kenneth Kesner, The Huntsville Times
June 30, 2011 - Design Exemptions Pave Way for ‘Roadable Aircraft’
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Terrafugia’s petition for temporary exemption from four federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) requirements for the company’s Transition roadable aircraft or “flying car.”
In granting the petition, which AOPA supported last December in formal comments, the NHTSA agreed that Terrafugia has made good faith efforts to comply with the standards, but that compliance would cause the firm “substantial economic hardship.” The agency imposed stricter time limits than those sought by the company for two of the four individual exemption requests.
June 17, 2011 - Hoverbike Is a Beautiful, Sit-On Helicopter
This is the Hoverbike, a flying machine that is terrifying and awesome in equal measure. Unlike a flying car, which puts the rider in a relatively safe cocoon before firing him off into the sky, the Australian Hoverbike is a flying equivalent of a regular motorbike. (read more). by Charlie Sorrel, Gadget Lab
June 10, 2011 - Flying Car Delayed to March 2012
Terrafugia, the Woburn, Mass., company building a roadable aircraft, has indicated the first test flight of its production prototype called Transition should not be expected prior to March 2012. The earliest delivery date is now late 2012.
May 03, 2011 - Trying Times in Alabama
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we experienced the worst tornadoes in our area since the 1930s. It has been a difficult time, but our community and folks at MACRO Industries are working
together to restore and get things back in operation. We are operating off a generator with a skeleton crew after the storms of Wednesday, April 28.
We would like to offer our condolences to everyone who lost friends or family during the recent tornado outbreak. We sincerely hope that all of you are safe and escaped with minimal damage.
April 19, 2011 - Moller International Schedules Test Flight Of The M400 Skycar
Moller International announce that they have scheduled a demonstration flight of its ethanol-fueled M400 Skycar Volantor. This invitation-only media event is scheduled to take place on October 11, 2011 in Vacaville, CA. Over 250 members of the domestic and international press have already indicated an interest in attending this flight.
Moller International has developed the first and only feasible, personally affordable, personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle. You've always known it was just a matter of time before the world demanded some kind of flying machine which would replace the automobile. Of course, this machine would have to be capable of VTOL, be easy to maintain, cost effective and reliable. (read more).
April 13, 2011 - Shuttle veteran remembers the beginning at Marshall Space Flight Center
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville aerospace engineer Ken Jones was with Marshall Space Flight Center when the first space shuttle launched 30 years ago, and he'll be there when the last lifts off this summer.
He's the only start-to-finish shuttle team member a Marshall public information officer could find Tuesday on the shuttle's official 30th birthday. It was a fact that made even the spokesman pause in recognition of what has already passed from the Huntsville rocket scene. (read more). By Lee Roop, Huntsville Times
April 01, 2011 - Toyota Halts Prius Production to Produce Flying Car
The Japanese auto maker says it's time to make good on its 1980's promises, and will focus all efforts on producing a flying automobile with great fuel efficiency. (read more). by Beth Buczynski, Crisp Green
March 01, 2011 - In the 1950's, Ford Motor's Vice President Pushed for a Flying Car
In 1958, you'd find no greater advocate for the hovercar than Ford vice president Andrew A. Kucher.
Kucher was on a media blitz in the late 50s and early 60s, being quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mechanix Illustrated, Chicago Daily Tribune, Popular Mechanics, Automotive Fleet and above in Arthur Radebaugh's syndicated Sunday comic, Closer Than We Think. (click to read more).
February 09, 2011 - BMW Says No Flying Cars, for Now
BMW released the second chapter of its four-part documentary series, "Wherever You Want to Go," which focuses on the future of mobility, cities, and technology. "The future just isn't what it used to be" is a 6-minute, 42-second clip showing interviews with transportation and technology leaders such as Buzz Aldrin, Google's Marissa Mayer, and former Zipcar CEO Robin Chase to discuss the future of the automobile. Read more. Credit BMW, Cnet
February 07, 2011 - What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Flying Hummers
Last April, Darpa proposed a novel solution to the problem of IED-strewn roads and otherwise impassable landscapes in Afghanistan and elsewhere: fly over them. By Tom Vanderbilt, Posted 02.07.2011, POPSCI
January 21, 2011 - New Autogyro Is An Alternative to Flying Cars
Never mind the flying car. It’s all about slowed-rotor/compound, according to Carter Aviation Technologies. SR/C is what the Texas company considers the key to a practical, personal transportation aircraft. And from the looks of its new, second-generation aircraft, Carter might be on to something. By Jason Paur, Autopia
January 19, 2011 - Electric Icarus: NASA Designs a One-Man Stealth Plane
A super-quiet, hover-capable aircraft design, NASA's experimental one-man Puffin could show just how much electric propulsion can transform our ideas of flight. It looks like nothing less than a flying suit or a jet pack with a cockpit.
By Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American
October 27, 2010 - Missionary Builds Flying Car, FAA Certifies It
Editor's Note: CNN Correspondent Kate Bolduan and Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi bring us this story from Dunnellon, Florida.
Sparks are flying as we walk into the airplane hanger. Steve Saint is sharpening a machete on an electric grinder. He comes over to introduce himself wielding the knife he extols as both a tool and a weapon. But we've come to talk about something else he is working on, a flying car.
October 13, 2010 - Maverick Flying Car at Oshkosh
Steve Saint of I-TEC drove his road-legal flying car from Florida to Oshkosh this summer. Since then the FAA has also issued the Maverick a S-LSA aircraft airworthiness certificate. I-TEC hopes to be in production by EAA Oshkosh 2011. Watch the video...
August 30, 2010 - Pentagon Chooses Two Companies to Build Flying Humvee
The race to build the world's first flying military jeep just moved a step closer to the finish line.
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX—a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs.
Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project, several industry sources told Popular Mechanics at a robotics conference here in Denver. DARPA has not announced the official winners yet. By Sharon Weinberger, Popular Mechanics
August 23, 2010 - Israel Invents World's First Flying Car
For decades people have been dreaming of an affordable personal flying machine that they can park in their garage. This vehicle has been featured in movies set in the future such as The Rocketeer , Judge Dread, The Fifth Element, and Back To The Future, the reality of this dream is beginning to enter more serious conversations about new technology and inventions. more... Israel Muse Portal
August 21, 2010 - The Honda Fuzo Concept flying car
The 2068 Fuzo concept comes from designer John Mahieddine, and is intended to be a sci-fi VTOL flying car. As it takes to the air, the wheels on the car retract, and the four turbines move into action, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 400 mph. The three-seat concept is kept lightweight by the use of materials like carbon fiber, Kevlar and carbon nanotubes. Ronan Garnier - Imagine
July 26, 2010 - Don't Let Elroy Take It For A Joyride
Don't let Elroy take it for a joyride: The Terrafugia Transition flying car parked outside a suburban home under blue skies. The future?
Terrafugia, a developer of "roadable aircraft"--otherwise known as flying cars--released a scale model and computer-generated mockups of its redesigned "Transition" vehicle on Monday that the company says bring it a step closer, engineering-wise, to a deliverable product late next year.
The design tweaks, Terrafugia explained, were based on the results of a successful test flight last year at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York. Some of the improvements include a touch-screen cockpit interface and better-optimized wings with a new folding mechanism that helps them retract for road driving. It'll still run on gas station fuel and be able to be driven at highway speed and hit 115 miles per hour in the air. Read more...Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer.
July 21, 2010 - But Will It Fly? MACRO sets its sights on real Transformer
"The objective of the Transformer (TX) program is to demonstrate a four person flyable/roadable vehicle that provides the Warfighter terrain-independent mobility."
MACRO Industries is on a mission to design a flying car for the Army. But it's not the first time someone from the Huntsville company will have designed a flying car. In fact MACRO is basing its design on a concept co-owner/president Norris Luce came up with as a 16-year-old - SkyRider. The Huntsville Times, by Budd McLaughlin. The online article is available at al.com.
July 15, 2010 - The U.S. Military Wants a Battlefield-Ready Flying Car
The Pentagon wants a flying car, and one company says it's ready to deliver. Here's a look at one of the latest out-there military concepts: an armored, armed, airborne Humvee. More...Popular Mechanics, by Sharon Weinberger
July 13, 2010 - Flying-car company lifts off in NBC movie
Davis-based flying-car company Moller International gets a few minutes of fame on NBC’s TV move The Jensen Project, which airs Friday night.
The movie is about a family that is part of a community of geniuses who work on underground projects. Some members of the community go rogue, and it’s up to the family to keep the world safe.
While this production is a made-for-TV movie, it could turn into a pilot if the show takes off. The movie features Le Var Burton, Kellie Martin, Patricia Richardson and Brady Smith.
Moller’s Skycar is a vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicle. It uses small powerful motors to create lift and forward momentum. It is not a airplane, but more of a sleek hovering craft. It doesn’t have the air curtain of a hovercraft.
“We were contacted by Jensen (MUSE) Productions as they wanted to showcase the most technologically advanced autovolantor in their movie, The Jensen Project,” said Paul Moller, president of Moller International, in a prepared statement. “This is a major advancement for the vertical-take-off-and-landing industry as our Skycar gains continued popularity among the media.”
Mark Anderson, staff writer, Sacramento Business Journal
July 12, 2010 - DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo
Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready. By Clay Dillow
June 29, 2010 - ‘Flying car’ intended for Amazon use
There are already more than 100 light sport aircraft you can buy, and now there is soon to be a new one, the I-TEC Maverick Sport Model. It isn’t exactly a flying car, more like a powered car-a-chute. It was developed for use by missionaries in remote areas of the Amazon to use roads—as far as they go—and to fly the rest of the way to indigenous people. Article by Alton K. Marsh.
May 28, 2010 - The YEE flying car concept
Flying cars might still be a long way from becoming a commercial reality, but that doesn't stop designers letting their imaginations run wild when it comes to envisioning the airborne automobiles of the future... and they sure make for some gorgeous conceptual art. A case in point is the YEE, designed by South China University of Technology (SCUT) industrial design students Pan Jiazhi, Zhu Wenxi and Lai Zexin. Last month, their creation won the Gold Award for Best Creative Future at the First International Concept Car Design Contest in Beijing. One look at it, and it’s easy to see why. By Ben Coxworth
April 14, 2010 - US Marine's Plans of a Flying Humvee or Sky-jeep
The Government’s envisioned concept consists of a robust ground vehicle that is capable of configuring into a VTOL [Vertical Take Off and Landing] air vehicle with a maximum payload capability of approximately 1,000 lbs. more... Posted in Science by Lewis Page.
April 04, 2010 - Oldest Original Flying Car Sells for $65,175
The oldest original “flying car” — built in 1935 and the brainchild of Frank Skroback, a retired industrial technician and electrician from Syracuse, N.Y. — soared to $65,175 at a massive weekend auction held Mar. 13-14 by Red Baron. The craft was meant to be flown from house to house, using roads as runways.Photos courtesy Red Baron Antiques.
October 29, 2009 - Is This Mad Scientist and His Antigravity Drive for Real?
Inventor Roger Shawyer's anti gravity drive could bring George Jetson's flying car into reality. Shawyer says he's working on a version of his superconductor-packing Emdrive that can generate 300 pounds of thrust using a 6 kW input. The idea is to silently lift vehicles, spacecraft or missiles with the Emdrive, and then propel those projectiles forward using other means such as rocket or jet engines. More...
September 01, 2009 - SkyCar, World’s First Bio-fueled Flying Car
Gilo Cardozo, a self-taught aviation engineer, inventor and founder of British-based Parajet has created a two-seat flying car. This SkyCar is the first two-seater, high performance, road legal, bio-fueled flying car; capable of providing rally car performance on and off road, and light aircraft performance after just a few minutes of wing preparation.
The SkyCar is powered by a modified ethanol burning Yamaha R1 superbike engine.
June 23, 2009 - Flying Car Will Pose Challenges to Insurers
This article was published in Insurance Networking News and the author, Ara C. Trembly (www.aratremblytechnology.com) is the founder of Ara Trembly, The Tech Consultant and a longtime observer of technology in insurance and financial services.
In what could well be a nightmare for insurance companies, and perhaps rental car agencies, a Woburn, Mass. company announced recently that it had successfully completed flight testing of the Transition Roadable Aircraft—a flying car.
Terrafugia Inc. reported that the Transition completed its historic first flight on March 5, 2009 with 27 additional flights completed over the next several weeks. The company said successful completion of flight-testing with the proof of concept concludes the first of a four-stage process to bring the Transition into production. Work is underway on stage two, the Beta Prototype. First delivery is expected in 2011.
So what exactly are we talking about here? More...
April 24, 2009 - Dutch Flying Car Pal-V Test Flight
On Monday, April 27, a model of Dutch flying car, the Pal-V, is being test-flown in traffic for the first time. The car being flown is not the first prototype, but a model that will be used to test the combination of auto-gyro and the car in traffic conditions. The machine's developer, Dutch entrepreneur John Bakker, took six years to get to this stage with his creation. One of the hardest challenges he's faced thus far is getting official permission to test-fly in actual traffic situations. Bakker has been working with aviation and road-safety experts as he has been developing his design. Dutch authorities have determined that operators will require a driver's and small-craft pilot's license. Learn more about Bakker and the Pal-V at
in an article written by Adriana Stuijt.
April 23, 2009 - Space Station Assembly Diagram
USA Today which features this International Space Station assembly diagram. Click on each part to learn about its function and history. It is interesting and amazing how the Space Station has grown!
April 20, 2009 - Powered Skydiving Flying Car
This powered skydiving flying car by SuperDell is in stock and ready to ship! It flies up to 18,000 feet and can reach 50+ mph in the air (well over that on the street). Launching and landing requires as little as 10 feet. You can have one for only $14,995. If you are interested in seeing more videos of the car, go to You Tube.
April 19, 2009 - MACRO's SkyRider XR2 is Listed in Blog
MACRO's SkyRider XR2 is listed #3 in this Blog by Rob Lammie that previews 7 Modern Flying Car
Designs on the website mental_floss. Lammie mentions that MACRO's flying car differs from others in that it will integrate a "highway in the sky" computerized navigation system being developed by NASA.
July 21, 2008 - Firefighters Flying Car
Seems everyone is tired of waiting for their flying car. See what a
group of Firefighters came up with. We love the idea, but the landing seems a bit hard!
LOL! (You may have to click the arrow twice.)
May 19, 2008 - Terrafugia's Drivable Airplane
The Xconomy story about Terrafugia's drivable airplane that appear on Slashdot brought more visitors to the site than any Xconomy story since their launch last summer (and temporarily brought down their Web server in the process). Quote "Judging from the comments last week, many commenters hadn't fully absorbed the factual points in the article (to put it politely). Others seemed to feel that because the concept of a car-plane hybrid has been on the drawing boards for so long, it must be inherently flawed. But if you hear out the prize-winning aerospace engineers at Terrafugia, you'll begin to understand why they feel so certain that current-day materials and electronics make a roadable aircraft--one that's safe both to fly and to drive--a feasible idea." The full story is available at "In Defense of The Drivable Airplane--Terrafugia CEO Responds to Legions of Doubters" written by Wade Roush 5/13/08
May 14, 2008 - 60 Minutes Segment on Flying Cars
60 Minutes did a segment called "Flying Cars". While SkyRider wasn't featured, they did feature many flying cars and the people who are working to make this a reality. 60 minutes also included a segment on
Highway In The Sky which does a good job of explaining how these "highways" will work. (You will have to suffer through car advertisement video first.)
January 20, 2008 - Roadable Aircraft To Fly This Year
The MIT grads who embarked on the heretofore impossible dream of creating a practical roadable aircraft are featured in the article "Roadable Aircraft To Fly This Year" written by Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief which appeared on the AVweb website.
September 02, 2006 - Flying Cars Used in GM TV Spot
The spot features GM vehicles "elevating" above grid-locked traffic in Los Angeles, New York City, Miami and San Francisco. And the song in the spot is "Get What You Need" by Jet. It was a great commercial but we do not think "flying cars" will ever quite work like that. But who knows!
July 12, 2006 - Flying Cars in PC Magazine
Flying Cars are referenced in "The Science Fiction Files" an article the author of Star Trek's famous episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," David Gerrold which was published in PC Magazine.
May 21, 2006 - SkyRider in Sneer Magazine
SkyRider is referenced in "Dude, Where's My Flying Car?!?!"an article by Cyprian Moore, published by Sneer Magazine.
March 31, 2006 - BusinessWeek Online Publishes Driving Airplane, Flying Car
BusinessWeek online publishes an article entitled "Driving Airplane, Flying Car" by Burt Helm. While SkyRider wasn't featured, they did showcase past and present attempts at building a vehicle that could be flown and then driven on city streets. Pictured in the photo is the 1959 Taylor Aerocar. One of the few flying cars to be certified for commercial production by the government. Be sure to take a look at the slide show to see the other vehicles. Congratulations to these folks and everyone who supports them as well as us.
January 26, 2006 - Letterkenny Army Depot (PA) and MACRO Agreement Signing
Letterkenny Army Depot (PA) commander COL Bob Swenson visits MACRO Industries for an agreement signing between Letterkenny and MACRO to manufacture items made of lightweight components for aviation support and missiles. Signing for MACRO Industries is Marcia Elkins, Vice President. This photo appeared in the Redstone Rocket on February 1, 2006. Photo by Skip Vaughn.
September 30, 2005 - MACRO Industries and SkyRider is Referenced in Article
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is referenced in "Highways in the Sky: Flying Cars and the Future of Travel" an article by Mark R. Whittington, which appeared on the website http://www.finetuning.com
September 14, 2005 - Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey Briefing
Col. Gunn gives Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey a briefing during his tour of Letterkenny Army Depot on August 27, 2005. The material they are looking at is SC Wafer - MACRO's proprietary composite material. Letterkenny Army Depot is the first depot to make composite boxes using SC Wafer. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen L. Burgess.
September 01, 2005 - MACRO Industries Encourages Contributions
At MACRO Industries, we are doing all we can to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. We encourage you to do the same. That's because every little bit helps. If you have not already contributed to the relief efforts, consider the following:
If you're making a financial contribution, make sure to maximize your gift: Your financial contributions could be matched by your company -- doubling or tripling each dollar you contribute. Contact your human resource department and ask about matching gifts.
July 24, 2005 - Cars That Fly? It's Not Pie in the Sky
July 10, 2005 - Inventors Who Build Personal Flying Machines
60 Minutes did a
segment on "Inventors who build personal flying machines". While
SkyRider wasn't featured, they did showcase Woody Norris' Air Scooter II, Moller's Skycar, the SATS system,
Carter Aviation Technologies' CarterCopter
and Trek Aerospace's Springtail™.
Congratulations to these folks and everyone who supports them as
well as us.
June 01, 2005 - Discovery Channel's Monster Garage
The host of Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage" has built a flying car for his show. It was designed with the help of three Cessna engineers.The team started with a Panoz Esperante sports car, added wings and an aircraft engine. The flying car did get off the ground, but not by much. It flew for two seconds and traveled 240 feet.That's twice as far as the Wright Brothers' first flight. Making your own flying car isn't very practical, though.While the Monster Garage team only spent $9,700 on the conversion, they got the $100,000 sports car for free.
May 01, 2005 - MACRO's Composite Bustle Box
MACRO receives positive feedback from the first group to mount the Composite Bustle Box onto the Avenger. The Ohio Army National Guard 2/174th ADA was the first group to receive their boxes. They were very impressed with the weight of the box. A traditional Bustle Box normally weighs over 100 lbs. MACRO's Composite Bustle Box weighs 45 lbs, which allows the soldiers to add more weight to the vehicle where needed. This material is very versatile and can be used to make a variety of products when weight is a concern. See Composite Materials for more information. Photo courtesy of the Ohio National Guard.
May 01, 2005 - Business Alabama Feature
SkyRider is featured on the cover of Business Alabama. The accompanying story is titled "Driving a Dream" by Jim Dunn.
May 01, 2005 - Technology Alabama Feature
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is featured in the magazine Technology Alabama. The accompanying story is titled "Keeping a Dream Alive" by Jim Dunn.
April 01, 2005 - Small Aircraft Transportation System
The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) research project reaches its conclusion with a proof-of-concept demonstration in June 2005. The proof-of-concept demonstration will be the culmination of the five-year public/private project and will occur in Danville, Virginia on June 5, 6, and 7, 2005. For more information visit their website at NASA SATS Student Page.
February 01, 2005 - History Channel's Modern Marvels - Concept Cars
MACRO Industries, Inc. and SkyRider is featured in the History Channel show "Modern Marvels - Concept Cars"
December 18, 2004 - Fancy Flights in your Automotive Future?
September 01, 2004 - Sternstrasse Television Footage
MACRO Industries submits footage to a Film production group called Sternstrasse Television, based near Munich in Germany. They are producing a scientific magazine called "AHA - Das Wissensmagazin", which is broadcasted by the Austrian private TV Station ATV.
September 01, 2004 - Brazilian Automotive News Magazine Autoesporte
MACRO Industries submits information on SkyRider to a Brazilian monthly automotive news magazine called Autoesporte, which belongs to the biggest media group in Latin America, Globo organizations. It is the second largest selling magazine of this kind in the country. They are preparing a report about flying cars.
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is featured in The Voice of Prophecy broadcast "NEW CARS AND NEW MEN."
June 03, 2004 - Scitech News Article
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is referenced on "Scitech"
April 01, 2004 - MACRO Industries Submits Information on SkyRider
MACRO Industries submits information on SkyRider to Patrick J. Gyger, Curator of Maison d'Ailleurs (The House of Elsewhere) Museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. They are working on a publication about flying cars and their history in fact and fiction.
February 01, 2004 - Marcia Elkins Appointed to the City of Huntsville's Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 01, 2004 - MACRO Industries Sponsors Monster Mechanics
MACRO Industries sponsors the "Monster Mechanics," a robot team comprised of students from New Century Technology High School (NCTHS), located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, AL. The school is a partnership between students of high technology and technology industry companies and agencies. The foundation philosophy of NCTHS is to work with local companies and agencies to produce students with exceptional technology skills that will help industry.
December 17, 2003 - MACRO Industries Attends the Wright Brothers Centennial
MACRO Industries attends the Wright Brothers Centennial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The 1/4 scale model of SkyRider, which is being marketed as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is a big hit with the crowds. This UAV is called the Scout and based upon the design of SkyRider.
August 11, 2003 - Man's Unending Quest to Fly a Car
MACRO Industries' SkyRider is featured in Metropolitan Computer Times. The article is entitled "Man's Unending Quest to Fly a Car" by Art Anciano, Jr.
August 03, 2003 - MACRO Industries, Inc. and SkyRider Featured in Orlando Sentinel
MACRO Industries, Inc. and SkyRider is featured in the Orlando Sentinel. The article is entitled "Jetson-style aerocar may rule the future road" by Wes Smith.
July 31, 2003 - Marcia Elkins a Guest on Jim Blasingame's Radio Show
Marcia Elkins has a guest spot on Jim Blasingame's radio show, The Small Business Advocate, broadcasted from Birmingham, Alabama during an SBA matchmaking event.
May 01, 2003 - The Future of Transportation
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is referenced in "The Future of Transportation" by Katy Wheatley.
April 07, 2003 - CALSET 2000 Ceremony Held
The Aviation and Missile Command held a ceremony on April 7 to transfer its newest calibration and test equipment, CALSET 2000. The CALSET 2000 Team Redstone members provide systems development and improvement support, product assurance, safety and environmental support, prototype development and manufacturing support, contracting support, and materiel release approvals. The team includes PM-TMDE, USATA, 95th Maintenance Company, Training and Doctrine Command, OMEMS, Redstone Technical Test Center, the AMCOM Reuse Office, AMCOM Acquisition Center, AMCOM Safety Office, the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, MACRO Industries, Inc., Science Applications International Corp., General Products Inc., LLC, Dynetics Inc. and CAS Inc. The article is entitled New calibration equipment by Dr. Carol Sedlacek.
November 28, 2002 - The Future Is [Almost] Now
MACRO Industries and SkyRider is referenced in the article "More": The Future Is [Almost] Now..
February 01, 2001 - MACRO Industries' SkyRider Featured in Popular Mechanics
MACRO Industries' SkyRider is featured in Popular Mechanics. The article is entitled "Electric Motors Lift SkyRider."
January 31, 2001 - MACRO Industries' SkyRider Featured on CBC/Radio Canada
MACRO Industries' SkyRider is featured in the CBC/Radio Canada broadcast "Flying Cars." This is part of Alan Neal's Shifting Gears traffic series in Canada.
March 18, 2000 - MACRO Industries' SkyRider Featured in The Decatur Daily News
MACRO Industries' SkyRider is featured in The Decatur Daily News. The article is entitled "Riders in the sky".
January 25, 2000 - MACRO Industries, Inc. Featured in The Huntsville Times
MACRO Industries, Inc. is featured in The Huntsville Times. The article is entitled "It might fly: New valve idea ignited by research on SkyRider".
December 01, 1999 - MACRO Industries, Inc. Wins SBIR Funding
MACRO Industries, Inc. wins a SBIR for the Automated Modeling of Incongruent Interfaces in FEA.
November 01, 1998 - MACRO Industries, Inc. Receives Patent
MACRO Industries, Inc. receives patent #5,839,399 for the Cartridge-Type Rotary Valve.
September 01, 1998 - MACRO Industries, Inc. Featured in The Huntsville Times
MACRO Industries, Inc. is featured in The Huntsville Times. The article is entitled "Riders on the Sky".
October 01, 1997 - MACRO Industries, Inc. Submits Patent Application
MACRO Industries, Inc. submits a patent application for the Cartridge-Type Rotary Valve.
- Inventor builds incredible HoverBike that actually flies
When he’s not busy designing thermite cannons or wearable weapons that involve throwing flames, Colin Furze comes up with all sorts of clever ideas – or takes inspiration from his YouTube fans. For his latest stunt, he created an amazing HoverBike that can actually lift a person off the ground and fly around. Full story by Chris Smith, BGR News Here.