Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Thailand Expat
    Kurgen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Last Online
    02-07-2019 @ 01:41 PM
    Location
    Shitsville
    Posts
    8,811

    130k Plane Could Be Perfect For Your Commute

    Fancy commuting to work in a hybrid plane?

    An aviation firm says its new cut-price two-seater plane that can take off vertically could be your answer.

    Most planes need runways to take off, ruling them out as an option for people with just a garden.

    But Joby Aviation's S2 VTOL aircraft is fitted with 16 propellers that allow it to take off and land vertically.

    Once it reaches cruising altitude and speed, they fold away into aerodynamic bullet shapes.

    It can then reach 200mph using four cruise-optimised props on the backs of the wings.

    The propellers are electric, meaning they are not as noisy as a helicopter takeoff, so you won't annoy your neighbours.

    While private jets cost millions, Joby Aviation says it thinks it can produce the S2 for just $200,000 (133,000) each.

    Because the aircraft is powered by electricity rather than fuel, the firm says its economical to run.

    It also needs five times less energy than traditional flight modes, meaning it is more environmentally friendly.

    In an interview with ReadWrite, Joby Aviation founder JoeBen Bevrit said: "If we can build an aircraft which is quiet, safe, and efficient, and you get door-to-door at five times the speed of ground transport, it will radically change life.

    "It will have a transformative effect."

    130k Plane Could Be Perfect For Your Commute
    I would post pictures but life's too short.

  2. #2
    Thailand Expat misskit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Chiang Mai
    Posts
    29,869


    Looks like a big drone.

  3. #3
    Thailand Expat
    Kurgen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Last Online
    02-07-2019 @ 01:41 PM
    Location
    Shitsville
    Posts
    8,811
    I think I've left it too late to ask Santa for one.

  4. #4
    Thailand Expat Jesus Jones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Last Online
    22-09-2017 @ 11:00 AM
    Posts
    6,952
    Looks like too many things could go wrong with that one.

  5. #5
    disturbance in the Turnip baldrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 02:12 PM
    Location
    Heidleberg
    Posts
    21,684
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    Looks like a big drone.
    looks like a render

  6. #6
    Thailand Expat AntRobertson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    34,486
    I want one!

    Probably not a good idea though. I've crashed/lost/destroyed several drones.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •