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Flying cars are part of the mobility of the future.
Flying cars are part of the mobility of the future.
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Fly & Drive Flying cars accelerated by first "Jetson Law”

| Author: Florian Richert

The governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, signed a bill that would allow "roadworthy aircraft" to drive on the roads of the US states. This very first legislation for the state registration of flying cars is a milestone for future mobility.

Flying cars from NEC, Terrafugia, PAL-V or Samson Sky are allowed to drive on the roads and highways of the states. In addition to their primary purpose, flying, flying cars need to be able to use public roads on the ground. Landing or taking off on public roads is not permitted.

After registration with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) the flying cars then a license can be applied for use on the ground without having to meet any other state requirements. The pilots of the must obey the rules of the road while driving, and their vehicle is subject to all regulations that apply to other road users.

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What is a flying car?

Most models of flying cars are built on an automotive chassis and have pivoting wings that fold up when the vehicle is in use. The transformation from a - truly huge - car to an aeroplane takes only a few minutes after pressing a button.

Powered by automotive-grade petrol, flying cars can fuel up at most petrol stations. The vehicles can park in garages, which must, however, meet specific dimensions, saving fees for parking positions in hangars.

Combining a small aircraft with an automobile does not only bring advantages. In particular, compromises in terms of comfort and range occur. Usually, only two seats are available, and the maximum payload is limited. Depending on the model, range in the air is stated as 300 to 400 km, on the ground up to 1300 km.

The flying cars are mainly used by recreational pilots who want to fly short distances and enjoy the convenience of taking their car with them.

Different routes for air and ground

The law only allows the use of public roads on the ground, and only the federal FAA can grant aviation certification. The Jetson Law does not regulate the various city air taxi services. The FAA is very reluctant to operate air taxis in urban areas and currently prioritizes established air traffic.

Various metropolitan areas of the world, such as Singapore and Dubai, have already approved air taxis in test operation and intend to permit them for urban flight operations in the future. The FAA is very restrictive in this respect and currently does not plan to approve them for service in any US American city.

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About the author

 Florian Richert

Florian Richert

Product Manager | Editor, ngn - new generation network GmbH