Enduring Dreams: Cruise Ship Airports and Flying Cars

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There's no shortage of imagination when it comes to new ways to make aviation more convenient and accessible, even if the result of these musings can be a little out of the ordinary. Take, for example, the Freedom Ship, which is touted as "the future city on the sea." With a design length of 4,500 feet, a width of 750 feet, and a height of 350 feet, Freedom Ship would be more than four times longer than the Queen Mary and carry its own airport. The airport on the ship's top deck would serve GA and small commercial aircraft, including its large fleet of commuter aircraft that would ferry residents and visitors to and from shore. Those residents who want to fly to their floating residence in style may prefer to do so in their very own kit-built flying car, like the one being developed by Aerospectives. The Denver-based company is marketing its two models of flying cars, the TAERO 4000 and 8000. While the company does not offer a lot of technical information on these new aircraft, it does explain "the wing fold system will enable automatic transformation from air to land travel with the wings folding to a position parallel with the fuselage." The target base price for the TAERO 4000, in assembly kit form, is $400,000.Yet to be determined are additional costs for assembly supervision, accessorizing and flight training.