Is There A DeLorean In Aviation's Future?

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Could the future of personal aviation be a DeLorean?  Paul DeLorean, nephew of the "Back to the Future" stainless steel car creator in the 1980s, is proposing a dual ducted-fan VTOL aircraft to compete with a host of variations on the same theme and with similar boasts about performance and environmental friendliness.  DeLorean Aerospace has formally launched the DR-7, a two-place tandem aircraft that is fully autonomous and electrically powered. “We are moving forward on a full-size, piloted prototype which will carry two passengers and is designed to operate, fully electric, for a range of 120 miles,” DeLorean told Wired.

DeLorean joins the likes of Uber, Airbus, Google and a host of less billionairish hopefuls in the consumer-friendly VTOL market that looks to change the way urban transportation works for those with the cash to avoid the nuisance on the ground. DeLorean expects his foldable wing creation to retail for $250,000 to $300,000. The DR-7 is about 20 feet long and, thanks to the folding wings, will fit in a garage. The company prediction of 120 miles on a charge (Airbus is hoping for 50 with its Vahana) is based on its slick aerodynamics and DeLorean’s prediction that it will fly efficiently at “higher altitudes” at more than 200 knots.

 

Comments (7)

For $300,000 I can endure a LOT of "nuisance on the ground!" That price does not include maintenance, shipping, taxes, charging time and the license.

Posted by: Don Lineback | August 14, 2017 9:27 AM    Report this comment

"...license."

Really?

Are we counting that now?

Posted by: ANTHONY NASR | August 14, 2017 2:36 PM    Report this comment

Does it require plutonium to operate? ;-)

Posted by: John McNamee | August 14, 2017 2:41 PM    Report this comment

Plutonium is pretty hard to come by. Hopefully it has a Mr. Fusion so it will run off of banana peels and other assorted junk.

Posted by: Nathan Schumacher | August 14, 2017 3:13 PM    Report this comment

"license" - Not every driver on the road has a air men's certificate. So yes it is time and expense to count. If your flying vehicle is commercial, then my guess is a commercial pilots license will be required. Also for most - our garages are not empty. I just happened to live the real world where nothing is free and time is short.

Posted by: Don Lineback | August 14, 2017 4:42 PM    Report this comment

Electric forward propulsion motors are not allowed in the FAA LSA category. It has to be a reciprocating engine. Miles Garnett

Posted by: Miles Garnett | November 23, 2017 3:47 PM    Report this comment

It does not comply in the FAA category as an LSA so it is not a personal plane, It needs a full pilot's licence to fly it and must be certified under FAA Part 23.

Posted by: Miles Garnett | November 23, 2017 3:53 PM    Report this comment

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