August 4, 2021

Flying car is allowed on the road in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, a flying car from the company PAL-V has received the approval to go on public roads. The prototype is not allowed to go into the air yet, because that still requires a green light from the European aviation regulator.

The PAL-V Liberty is a gyrocopter, a vehicle that resembles a helicopter but has a rotor without an engine. The aircraft needs a runway because the rotors only gain speed when air flows past, and can therefore not take off vertically. The last test flights will be carried out next year and PAL-V hopes that the Liberty will be allowed to fly in Europe from 2022.

Runways at exits

The rotor blades of the Liberty can also be folded, allowing the aircraft to drive on public roads. According to a spokesperson for PAL-V, the company is already in talks with Dutch municipalities to build runways of approximately 300 meters at highway exits in the future.

When the company has received all approvals, the Liberty will go into production. The first models are expected to be delivered to customers in 2023. In the Netherlands, PAL-V has already sold more than thirty. The first limited version costs half a million euros.

De PAL-V Liberty. © PAL-V

The PAL-V Liberty is a gyrocopter, a vehicle that resembles a helicopter but has a rotor without an engine. The aircraft needs a runway because the rotors only gain speed when air flows past, and can therefore not take off vertically. The last test flights will be carried out next year and PAL-V hopes that the Liberty will be allowed to fly in Europe from 2022. The rotor blades of the Liberty can also be folded, so that the aircraft can drive on public roads. According to a spokesperson for PAL-V, the company is already in talks with Dutch municipalities to build runways of about 300 meters at highway exits in the future. When the company has received all approvals, the Liberty will be put into production. The first models are expected to be delivered to customers in 2023. In the Netherlands, PAL-V has already sold more than thirty. The first limited version costs half a million euros.

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