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Did You Know There’s An Actual Flying Car?

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Did You Know There’s An Actual Flying Car?

What’s that in the sky?

in the air

    Is that a plane?

    Doesn’t quite look like one.

    Is that a bird?

    Definitely not.

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    Is that an helicopter?

    Doesn’t fully look like one. Kinda, though.

    Is that an UFO?

    Ummmm… I don’t think so. 

    Wait… IS THAT A FLYING CAR?

    You betcha. 

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       Is it a car? A helicopter? A plane? Actually, the Pal-V One, a flying car,  combines components of all three.

      That’s right, folks. It’s not just a science fiction or a Harry Potter thing anymore. Flying cars have actually been invented.

      A company called Pal-V has officially invented a flying car that has the ability to both drive on the roads and fly in the air. Not only has it been invented, the Pal-V isn’t the only flying car prototype companies are trying to push out to the market.  Popular Mechanics has dubbed the Pal-V as “the Dutch-built and recently tested PAL-V One might be a much more realistic approach to the dream of the flying car” than the other competitors in the market are. The Pal-V design is being aimed initially at emergency services, according to Pal-V CEO Robert Dingemanse.

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       According to the Pal-V website, The PAL-V ONE is:

      • A two-seat hybrid car and gyroplane. In layman’s terms, a “personal air and land vehicle”.
      • Fully integrated door-to-door transportation.
      • Aerodynamic with three wheels.
      • A 230hp, four-cylinder engine powered by petrol.
      • Able to go from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds when driven on the road.
      • A vehicle with a single rotor and propellor that enables flight-ready situations
      • Is a motorcycle and gyrocopter.
      • Available in red or black.
      • Made from carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum and weighs 1,499 pounds.
      • Capable of flying below 4,000 feet (1,200 m) which, according to the Pal-V website, is the airspace available for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules traffic.
      • Powered by a flight certified aircraft engine.
      • Designed to cruise at low altitudes, below 4,000ft. Although it needs a 540 foot runway for take-off, it only needs 100 feet to land.
      • Capable of reaching speeds up to 112 mph (180 km/h) both on land and in the air.
      • Quieter than helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor.
      • Capable of accelerating like a sports car on the road.
      • Based on using the patented DVC tilting technologies invented for the Carver ONE (a two-passenger land vehicle).

      According to the Pal-V website, converting the PAL-V ONE from airplane to automobile is a very easy process which takes about 10 minutes. It costs around $295,000 and you’ll need to have a Sports Pilot Certificate to fly one, as well as a driving license.

       

      Here is a screenshot I took of the specifications off of the Pal-V website:

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      specifications

         

        On the ground, the machine handles somewhere between a motorbike and a racing car – its chassis is built to lean into turns, and the two-seater can reach speeds of up to 112mph. The Pal-V One’s 27 gallon tank means pilots can fly for up to 220 miles at low altitudes – around 4,000ft – or drive for up 750 miles.

        Basically, if you want to avoid that lengthy traffic jam, no problem… just fly instead! I love the idea of flying over large bodies of water. This also would make road trips much shorter due to being able to “cut traffic jams” and “roads that are a little out of the way”.

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        I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the concept of a flying car. I keep thinking to myself, “Oh, greaaaat, now we have to worry about bad drivers in the air, too.” But I even have to admit that it’s a pretty cool concept if they can get around all of the red tape.

        My advice… If this becomes a thing, don’t crash into a tree like Harry Potter and Ron Weasley did.

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        Last Updated on November 22, 2021

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        Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

        During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

        But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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        Simplify

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        If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

        • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
        • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
        • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

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        Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

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        Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

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