It's 2013. We're living in the future, but where are all the flying cars? One inventor says he's received FAA approval to begin testing his flying car, another step towards making flying cars a reality.
Paul Moller told local TV station Fox 40 that the FAA says he can fly the car on June 10, 2014, without a tether. In the past, his Skycar has been tested either with remote controls or with a pilot, but with the car tethered to the ground. Moller's Skycar is capable of vertical take offs, like a helicopter. Other recent flying car concepts, such as The Terrafugia Transition Flying Car and the Slovakian-based Aeromobil, need runways to take off as they are designed as road cars with retractable airplane wings.
By designing powerful, light engines Moller has managed to keep the weight of the Skycar down to 1,600 pounds, counting two passengers. The car has an estimated average speed of 300 mph at 25,000 feet and 200 mph at sea level.