By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Technology
The FlyNano personal aircraft, which takes off and lands on water, is compact and quite speedy.
It has wings and a powerful engine that allows you take to the great blue skies. But just don't call it an airplane -- alright?
The FlyNano personal aircraft, developed by inventor Aki Suokas, recently debuted at the Aero 2011 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The aircraft, which takes off and lands on water, is compact and quite speedy. It has a wingspan of about 16 feet, a top airspeed of about 90 mph and can travel a distance of up to 43 miles on a full tank of fuel, depending on the model.
However, it doesn't have enough room for passengers or cargo -- but there's a reason for that.
Consisting entirely of a lightweight carbon fiber composite material, the single-seat FlyNano weighs less than 155 pounds, which means it isn't technically considered an airplane and can be operated in some countries or districts without a pilot's license.
In the U.S., the aircraft would probably be classified as a "light-sport aircraft." According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an aircraft is considered light-sport if it has a top speed less than 140 mph, a landing speed less than 52 mph and weighs under 254 pounds. Pilots would still have to obtain a Sport Aircraft certificate, though the requirements are less stringent than what's needed to fly a plane.
The aircraft comes in three versions:
- The Series E 200 features a 20kW all-electric engine with a top speed of 87 mph and a range of 25 miles on a full charge.
- The Series G 240 comes with a 24 bhp petroleum-powered engine that allows for a cruising speed around 80 mph and a range of 44 miles.
- The Series R 260/300 is a racing model that's equipped with a 35 bhp petroleum-powered engine capable of a 90 mph top speed and a range of 44 miles.
If you'd like your own FlyNano, the company is taking orders and plans to deliver the earliest batches in the summer with the least expensive model starting at $39,000 dollars.
Check out their website at www.flynano.com to learn more.
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Apr 17, 2011
An even cheaper plane would be an electric powered hang glider! That can take off from the ground. Does anyone make one? Seems like a good idea to me
The electric one fitted with remote controls & camera eqipt would make a rich persons toy or cheap military drone. of course a mans weight of explosives is a big bang,& you would not hear it coming! well somebody had to say it. But does the operator still get his 40 virgins?
I hope they had the decency of adding an efficient muffler to the gazoline engine models. Hearing these flying lawnmowers circling around can make you crazy.
Imagine a fender-bender in the air by people who cannot even drive in two dimensions right now! Dead bodies and aircraft parts raining down from the unfriendly skies all day long.
@rcfreud@ Thanks, still a final version doesn't seem to exist, otherwise they would have uploaded photos and videos on their website.
Admin...here's a picture of the prototype for you (near bottom of page) with some additional details; http://www.eaa.org/news/2011/2011-04-14_aero.asp
T, In U.S. CFR Part 103 defines an ultralight as: 1-seat; 254 pounds max. empty weight (powered). Therefore It's an ultralight so almost no training is required at all. An LSA or Light Sport Aircraft has a max GW of 1320 pounds.
"recently debuted at the Aero 2011 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany." There is no photo or video and it is not listed on Aero show's web site -so it didn't. Translation: It doesn't exist yet. Just marketing (bad one too).
First, aircraft fly far further apart than ground vehicles. Separation by 60 seconds or more is usual--most people can't maintain the 3 second separation needed in ground traffic. Ground vehicles are separated by fractional seconds horizontally in 2D aircraft are separated by 10's of seconds & hundreds of feet 3D. 2nd, this is a vehicle that requires a body of water (how big, no one seems to be saying--but few homes and businesses are within walking distance of such water bodies, so they are unlikely to become common, everyday transport. They're more like what they are classed as--ultralight sport craft. The ground equivalent is an ATV--not a car. And for an ATV this is pricey. 3rd Controls. We can easily put fully auto controls on both kinds of vehicles--good enough to park you within a few cm of your targeted location--we did it first with aircraft over 20 years ago. Most commercial craft could do so today--autopilot from hanger to hanger. Cost is no longer the main issue--insurance issues and regulations are the issues. In particular, the commercial drivers would be out of work if we automated their vehicles--though the operating costs, including damaged equipment and accident rates would be lower. That's a lot of people to find new jobs for.... Personal cars could easily be automated to handle freeway traffic at a cost of around 5% of the vehicle cost or less. No major changes required to the roadways. Minor changes would include fixed location GPS nodes to increase accuracy and some signage/road parking changes. There's no technical reason that you cannot get into a car in LA and drive for thousands of miles without ever manually controlling the vehicle. While they cost about the same as a car, how many people spend $40k for a toy--compared with vehicles for get from here to there? We've been talking about flying vehicles for everyone since we started flying--it hasn't happened, and won't until we get something which takes much less space for take-off & landing.
Ground traffic is in TWO dimensions, air traffic is in THREE, so collisions may not be as often as you'd expect; however, there is always the SECONDARY collision to contend with: collision with the GROUND when you cease flying and fall from the sky! In addition, most people are not used to visualizing dangers in 3 dimensions: above and below you, as well as all around. This is another reason many may not qualify for any sort of pilot's license, in addition to the more stringent medical requirements, exams, etc.!!