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The Volante is another candidate for your attention, but- in contrast to many past efforts by others, it is both a sound car and a quality aircraft. Further, it avoids the impasse that has stopped all such programs in the past. This stopper has been the huge production investment that financial people have not been willing to provide for a machine of unproven, even if promising, worth. In contrast, the Volante flying car will be offered to homebuilders in kit form for their own assembly and individualistic touches. The customers would be the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) members and followers. This magnificent organization has, as most of you know, provided, under FAA guidance and sanction, plus Paul Poberezny's watchful eye, more home-builts in the last 40 years than the leading light plane builder, Cessna. This year over 10,000 kits for such aircraft will be sold to enthusiastic builders according to Kitplanes magazine.
how I have put this material together
Second, I will tell you about the Volante itself and you
can see how close I came to my objective.
I immediately decided against trying for VTOL. The reason for this is that most of suburbia and city dwellers will not take kindly to the noise and downwash problems these machines currently present, particularly when you go to work real early in the morning or come home late at night, Accordingly, if you must operate from an airport, VTOL makes little sense. In time as attitudes, regulations and technologies change the VTOL machines will probably have a more prominent place in the market but at the moment they do not seem to fill a practical large- scale need in any practical manner. On top of that they are all much more expensive than the customer I am aiming at can afford. I want a vehicle that will enhance the life of the vast majority of neither rich nor poor pilots, as well as those potential pilots, who are looking for more utility in their investment at less cost and complexity in training than a current instrument rating and aircraft entails.
reasons the "Sunday supplement" flying car ahead of you on the freeway
which suddenly sprouts wings and takes off from its place in traffic, is currently
impractical, as well. It also has regulatory, if not technical problems, and this
is something we will have to evolve into.