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Let's expand on the information a slightly different context for a moment.

With an airplane only, you can tie it down outside and pay increased maintenance costs, or you can hangar it, and over a 5-year period, in California you pay as much for the hangar as you initially paid for the kit itself. However, a flying car you can keep in your garage and use the car a lot more than the 100 hours per year the average pilot flies his aircraft. Also, with the Volante's separate flying and driving engines you do not accumulate expensive aircraft engine hours in driving around town as you will with a single engine for both air and ground use, and when used as a car alone you do not need to expose the aircraft parts, which are very expensive to repair, to traffic damage.

This average pilot does not fly enough to maintain proficiency in all types of weather. Accident reports are full of harrowing tales of the pilot who thought he saw a hole up ahead, however, with a flying car the pilot can drive to the airport, take off, fly up to the edge of a weather system, land, drive to the other side to continue flight to his destination airport, and then drive the car portion to his actual final destination. He has no need to take chances. This avoids the vacation trip that turns into a nightmare when weather between you and where you want to go keeps you grounded for days on end.

While the convenience and reliability of scheduled airlines is questionable at best, travel with them has become vastly more complicated and time consuming due to the added 9/11 security measures. Prior to 9/11, the average speed for an airline distance of 500 miles was estimated at between 50 and 60 mph door to door, today this speed has been reduced dramatically due to security measures and increased airway traffic. As a further advantage, the pilot of a flying car is able to avoid the frequently overly long commute from the closest airline airport to a final destination, which normally has a small airport of its own often without rental cars. In some areas, the flying car capability may be the only available ground transportation.

A third way of looking at the problem below:


What do you want?
Flying Car
Door-to-door convenience
YesNo Yes
Operable in any weather with low-cost/ training/proficiency
YesNo Yes
High speed with safetyNoYes Yes
Minimum transportation system investmentNoNo Yes
Minimum storage and upkeepNoNo Yes
Minimum operating costsNoNo Yes

As you will note in many, but not all of the advantages noted above, I have evaluated in terms of the interests of the traveler of limited means compared to the corporate executive or affluent pilot for whom cost is not an issue For example, hangar rent in the Los Angeles area, when rarely available, runs close to, or above 400 dollars. You may well think of others. If you do, let me know and we will build up a knowledge base together. Feel free to contact me. Please, also feel free to pick holes in my logic and send them to me as well.

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