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Also see "The Role of the Flying Car."

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Affordability
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.

Item
Aircraft
Car
Cruise
150 mphHighway speeds
Range
650 miles350 miles
Length19.7 feet13.4 feet
Span23.6 feet6.5 feet
Empty Weight1250 pounds600 pounds
Gross Weight1900 pounds1100 pounds
Height7 feet (not folded)3.7 feet
Stall speed 65 mph 

Utility
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.

Convenience
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.. While 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. See it fly!

Conversion with the prototype is as follows>>>

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