A Flying Car; Really!

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    That actually pretty cool!
     
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    There was a TV show in the 50's or 60's about a guy with a flying car (no it wasn't his mother). It was one of my faves. I'm sure the technology has improved but the concept has been around for decades.
     
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    It looks dangerous as hell! The prop in back where it really had to be with the canard in front would seem to make it highly problematic to control, It probably needs a computer assist. If it lost power, might gliding control suffer?

    I wouldn't want to get in one of these things unless it had a parachute to bring it down safely.

    Back in the early years of flight (or at least back in the 50's) it was theorized that by gong 3-dimensional there would be a whole lot more room in the air than on highways so it would be safer.

    But now we know it ends up not working out that way since airplanes tend to need airports to land on and take off from, so they concentrate over them and we have too many near misses. And that's reality even though we now have planes carrying many hundreds of passengers instead of maybe two or three at a time.
     
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    Yup, there is always a downside. Driving is dangerous and vehicles are mostly concentrated on roads. Calculate the near misses every day on the highways alone.
    The car is still pretty cool, ugly as sin but still cool.
     
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    Probably safe in a glide...It's nearly impossible to stall canard designs.
     
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    I'm not so sure about that last. The first designs were very dangerous until some computer aid was built in. And when they run out of gas... well...(Remember John Denver)
     
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    Now there you have something; we drive cars down state roads and the combined speed is something like 150 mph, and we often times pass only about 4' feet apart; that's a near miss, but a controlled near miss. And we do it in heavy rain and at night when all we can see is the light from their headlights and a bare nebulous image of the road for reference.
     
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    The first designs were "dangerous" because a canard layout wasn't the norm....They have differing handling characteristics, as do tricycle vs. taildragger configurations.

    Computer aids and fly-by-wire in canard designs are more for weight savings and relative ease of operation, more so than any inherent stability problems.
     
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    The Wright Flyer was a canard and that worked out just fine didn't it?

    But let's be reality here. Would you want typical L.A. or New York drivers flying around? Or the drunk illegal aliens?
     
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