Connected cars that fly off the road and run in the sky

The were two uplifting announcement that have been taking wing this week, the first flying vehicles (Liberty Pioneer and Sport) and first flying off-road vehicle GO ANYWHERE from SkyRunner. When we thought about it, aren’t all flying cars off-road vehicles?  They are really far off from the road.

This week, flying car maker PAL-V has officially started the sales of its commercial models, the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport. The first commercial flying car in the world is now a fact. Images of the PAL-V Liberty are now available on the PAL-V website.

PAL-V is now fulfilling the first client orders. PAL-V engineered, designed and built a flying car with proven technologies and fully compliant with existing regulations.

The new model design has an Italian flair from leading Italian design agencies. It incorporates a unique dual engine propulsion that further increases the safety of the PAL-V Liberty. While driving, the lowered suspension and tilting “cockpit” adds to the sports car feel. A novel design approach serves to avoid a number of common pilot errors by design, making the PAL-V Liberty very safe and easy to operate.

“Later in 2017 we will start building a preproduction series followed by the manufacturing of the first PAL-V Liberty’s for our early ‘pioneer’ clients. Deliveries of road and air certificated models are scheduled by the end of 2018. This truly is a pivotal time in aviation and mobility history,” adds Dingemanse.

The PAL-V Liberty has a strong appeal in the North American markets where Mark Jennings-Bates, VP of Sales of NorthAmerica, introduced the PAL-V model to selected clients in Canada, USA, Mexico and Bermuda.

SkyRunner, LLC, manufacturer of the SkyRunner vehicle, is elevating the off-road industry to new heights. The dual purpose, FAA approved off-road aircraft combines the thrill of a side by side with the unparalleled freedom of an aircraft.

Featuring a unique dual engine powertrain, a trusted Polaris ProStar 1000 engine powers the ground system while a Rotax 914 UL light-sport aircraft engine enables SkyRunner to take flight.  Using the latest ram-air parafoil wing technology, renowned for its safety due to inherent stability, control and resistance to stalls, SkyRunner can reach air speeds of 40mph for a distance of 120 nautical miles.  When not in use, the wing conveniently folds snugly into a bag that rides behind the rear passenger.

 SkyRunner can take flight with just 450 feet of terra firma.

The market has translated SkyRunner to be a low cost, high utility multimodal tool for ranchers, law enforcement, border security, and even department of defense agencies.  SkyRunner claims withoperating costs of approximately $50 an hour, SkyRunner will take you places no pickup truck or UTV can go and at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter.

In 2016, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded SkyRunner the coveted Special Light-Sport Aircraft classification.  Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) are targeted to recreational pilots who primarily fly for fun. LSA’s are designed to be affordable and easy to operate.  SkyRunner is factory built and a ready-to-fly aircraft.  An off-road enthusiast can earn a Sport Pilot’s license in 8 days and 12 hours of flight training (weather permitting). Sport pilots can legally and safely use 98 percent of US airspace without having to talk to air traffic controllers (ATC). No Airports are required with SkyRunner.

SkyRunner retails for $139,000 and is available today for purchase from the factory directly