European Flying Car Association
The mission of the association is to represent the interests of the flying car owners and promote the use of flying cars in Europe. The flying car is a new type of vehicle and many challenges exist on a practical level: new regulations, airfield access, insurance, drone collision, self-flying cars, vehicle inspection and maintenance, etc. Although we only represent private owners, we look forward to collaborate as well with the public sector to bring innovation to services like ambulance, search&rescue operations. Basic Membership is free and we hope that with our association of volunteers the adoption of the flying car will increase in Europe. We plan to organize a European Grand Prix Rally for Roadable Aircraft in 2025, to attract more media attention and increase visibility with a broader audience.
Urban Aeronautics Announces Four Passenger Future Hydrogen Powered VTOL Flying Car
April 17, 2017. Metro Skyways Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics plans to launch the design and development of a four-passenger, Vertical-Takeoff and Landing (VTOL), ﬂying car based on Urban Aeronautics' internal rotor, Fancraft™ technology. The vehicle will initially be powered by jet fuel, but will be designed from the outset to convert to liquid hydrogen and eventually also to 700 bar compressed hydrogen, once such options become commercially feasible. CityHawk will be designed to meet FAA/EASA certiﬁcation standards for manned VTOL aircraft.
Flying ambulance for urban environments
A revolutionary flying car can rescue civilians from places where helicopters can’t, it can also move people and material to places where helicopters can’t, especially in urban environments. And it can also go where helicopters can, but in supposedly a much safer fashion. Missions such as power-line maintenance and high-rise construction that are executed by standard helicopters today, could be done by variants of this car in the future. This craft could also revolutionize emergency air ambulance service as we know it today as well as airborne law enforcement in urban areas. Even firefighting and rescuing people from fires in skyscrapers has been floated as a mission.
European VCs invest in flying cars
5 December 2016. The roughly $10.7 million Series A investment announced at TechCrunch Disrupt London is meant to help Lilium develop into a manufacturer of a commuter alternative to helicopters and traditional planes. VTOL technology has actually been around for decades (and historically has not been the safest), but Munich-based Lilium is touting their tech as being a far safer, cleaner and more societally friendly update. The Lilium Jet is constructed using lightweight composite materials and powered by 36 directable, ducted electric fans, mounted on the wings and front pods to propel the aircraft.
Toyota's flying car ambitions
September 13, 2015. Last week, a patent application that the automaker initially filed with the U.S. Patent Office in March 2014 was discovered. The application describes "an aerocar including a stackable wing and methods for morphing the stackable wing…atop the aerocar," and includes a schematic showing a wing extending upward from the roof.
The Toyota proposal, patent application 20150246720, doesn't show how its aerocar would generate the thrust needed to propel it through the air.Toyota hasn't said anything more to indicate how serious it is about building a flying car.