3. Terrafugia Transition
A futuristic and feasible discovery in the form of Terrafugia Transition was made in 2009 when it took its first successful flight, followed by as second one in 2012 by an upgraded version of the previous one. Having an aerodynamic shape such as that of a regular plane, it has wings that can fold onto its sides when being run on the ground. It can reach up to 115 miles per hour (185 km/h) in the air and seventy miles per hour (110 km/h) on the highway. The only problem that it faces is that’s it is too heavy to conform with FAA regulations due to the extra parts required for road safety, although it got approved in 2010 by the FAA, it is still is more costly than a Lamborghini.
2. PAL-V One
This Dutch design, has only a single engine, the power of which is switched between the tyres and the propellers on requirement. Its biggest advantage is that it needs no flight plan to rise up in the air as it flies below 4000 feet. This could help in the development of GPS-guided “digital corridors,” imperceptible highways in the sky that would allow aerial traffic to remain systematized, like cars upon a normal highway.
Being developed by the Israeli company Urban Aeronautics, the sole purpose of AirMule is to assist in rescue and search operations, also serving as an airborne ambulance. Half the size of a regular helicopter, AirMule has an edge of having the same speed as one and is controlled by a remote. It surely resembles the AirGeep of the 1970’s. Just like the way planes are controlled in a multifaceted video game, Urban Aero plans to use a set of monitors and a remote pilot with flight controls to govern the working of AirMule in real time.