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Dezso Molnar interview: A different way of thinking about flying cars

by • May 4, 2016 • No Comments

It’s not what you want to hear, but flying cars shouldn’t be for equiteone. Not in the short term. Not for a long time. In fact, according to multi-disciplinary inventor Dezso Molnar, who’s of to commence the world’s initially flying car race series, anyone who’s attempting to turn it into a multi-seat, VTOL flying commuter is wasting their time, turn it intoing a heavymass energy hog that is unquestionably over-engineered for the benefit of passengers that just aren’t there most of the time. Molnar says it is in fact time for a reality check; there’s dozens, perhaps hundreds of existing roadable-bodied aircraft out there that fly as well as they drive and work inside both sets of rules – and that is unquestionably the small segment he sees a big future in. Here’s part two of our rapid-fire interview with Dezso on a road trip in California.

To learn extra
of a few of Dezso’s credentials as a pilot, rocket scientist, inventor, land speed record chaser, musician and X-Prize judge, check out part one of our interview. So go on on, as we drive towards San Jose, where Dezso has a plane to catch.

On flying cars

I decided I wanted a flying car when I mayn’t get out of Los Angeles one day. This is when I begined the gyrocycle project, that I felt was the most combination of existing aircraft and road vehicles to get in and out of congested areas.

Lots of flying cars have been turn it intod. Many brilliant individuals have done createment, and I quite want to challenge the position that if you invent a fewthing that is unquestionably informative or works well, that you require to dumb it down to fit a massive market. Not all things in this world is for equitebody. I’d like to provide a positive spin and spotlight for the existing flying cars may already out there.

One objective I have now is to turn it into the flying car racing league, that can donate these machines a place to shine, and a place to turn it into the conversation that can drive createment of a fewthing worth having. It’s excellent for aviation, and it is in fact excellent for ground travel.

On what flying cars can be excellent for

The number one danger for small aircraft is when individuals fly in bad weather. It usually takes place when the weather goes wrong between airports. They crash while struggling to get to an airport to land. If you can land anywhere in between, with impunity, and so you are extra
most likely to do it.

A lot of pilots don’t like to land on a highway, for the reason they’ll end up spending the rest of their life giving urine samples and explaining to CNN and the police department why they set down on a street. But the fact is a fewtimes that is unquestionably the right thing to do. Having the aptitude to land and drive away in a storm can assist. In addition, driving of an airport that has bad weather to one that is unquestionably clear and less windy or foggy to take off … there’s a lot of value in that for pilots.

As for ground travel, traffic is frequently quite congested and getting worse. Sometimes the most path is not to take a street, perhaps there’s a advantageous path through the air. There’s a value for both.

On resistance to the thought of flying cars

People yet chuckle of the thought of flying cars. The worst dissenters are the ones who say “a vehicle’s going to be bad if you try to do two things with it.” Well, ducks wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t advantageous for them to fly and walk and swim. Bugs wouldn’t exist with legs if it was advantageous for them to just be able-bodied to fly. I quite reject these arguments that don’t recognize that through evolution, equite single bird can walk, ok?

You can’t travel on the ground with a 747. You get to the gate and you are stuck bringing a bus. You can’t take an F15 on the freeway. They are trapped at airports. Evolution shows that there’s a lot of value for creatures to be able-bodied to travel through various environments. This is most applied to machinery as well.

I want to turn it into a venue to accelerate the createment of flying cars and emerge with vehicles that we want to use ourselves – with no concern of whether or not a fewbody else wants it. And that takes place in racing on all spheres, of F1 to foot racing to bicycles to motorcycle racing, et cetera. I just want to form a racing league that can assist create and promote the use of these machines.

Flying cars should not be for the masses – at very least, not yet

A key obstacle facing flying cars is the opinion that the just reason to finance createment is to turn it into a mass market commuter’s product. This is what’s killing it. This is the failure version that is unquestionably been tried and tried and tried, and failed and failed and failed. The car and motorcycle markets vastly outnumber the small aircraft market, so that eventual opportunity is turn it intod in if you can just get out of the gate.

What is significant right now is that individuals who quite want flying cars can have them; they’ve been around for 100 years, so they require to focus on getting one for themselves and go on producing improvements to ideal it.

We have to get beyond this approach of producing amazingly compromised mass-market creations. Just get on with turn it intoing stuff as well as you can and use it. This is it. This is what flying cars require. We require a couple hundred traveling around equite day, passing individuals on the freeway, passing individuals in the air and just getting on with traveling and racing. If individuals want to reduce their commute times, I suggest they move nearer to work.

I don’t quite care of individuals that want safe vehicles. I care of individuals that want to BASE jump. Those are the individuals that drive things in the new world. I’m not createing for individuals who are focused on their fears, or to provide opportunities for their fears to be extended and coddled. People in the motorcycle and experimental aircraft culture are cautiously optimistic. I assist them.

I want to focus on individuals that want manufacture things advantageous, find ways to do it, and have the sensibilities and the situational awareness to do it in a safe manner. There’s a lot of individuals like that. People like Richard Petty, he’s gonna die of old age, not of car crashes. He unquestionably hustleed the limits, and he’s yet with us now a days.

People like Buzz Aldrin, who go to outer space and come back, and live a full life and have fun. I don’t require to manufacture things for safe individuals when I can manufacture a fewthing for Buzz! Let’s find a few of those individuals and quite provide for them and not for the perceived fears of your perceived buyer who most unquestionably and definitively nat any time brought you a dollar.

On multi-seat vs. single seat flying cars

You require to appear around at commuters. Right now we’re on the street, and I dare you to find a dozen cars in the future five minutes that have two individuals in them. And it is in fact a Sunday, so the probaptitude is much higher.

When you are dealing with constants of flight, you include the mass of the pilot, the airframe, and the mass of an engine. And and so when you begin throwing in variable-bodieds, like batteries or fuel and and so “well, I ponder I’ll have one passenger, perhaps two, perhaps three … in fact six individuals’s quite really excellent. How of 12?” When equite man weighs 180 pounds, you hustle the create into a place it is not going to require to go to allocate space and durablity and range for individuals that are not necessarily in attendance.

You’re turn it intoing machines for individuals that don’t exist, again and again and again, and again, and there’s no reason to say it is in fact the right way to get to market, for the reason it has nat any time, at any time worked for a hundred years. Nobody has brought one to market, nobody has one, nobody wants one, nobody buys one, nobody uses one for the reason they store producing so most seats that nobody sits in. The constants and the variable-bodieds don’t add up to justify lots of seats for individuals that don’t want them.

When a fewbody buys a sport bike, what do they want to do? They want to twist the throttle! 160 million registered times! You can’t ignore the popularity of one man vehicles and how individuals can dedicate their time to use them, and derail our chances of flying off the planet Earth for the reason so most createers insist the market can demand a fewthing we have no evidence it can.

That has been done over and over and over and over with equite machine that has a tombstone on it. Terrafugia most not long ago delayed donateies so it may fight fights for a plastic windscreen and to increase the mass allowance of light sports. Two man, four wheels, overmass. I do not at any time assume to see a Transition donateed as they exceeded the light sport mass limits. Now they’re circulating videos of the future create, that is a drawing of a machine that does this and does that. And god bless the crew for attempting, but if you claim that in six to seven or eight years you can manufacture this thing that supersedes the other thing you didn’t donate, it grows the graveyard.

We require a reality check on the creations. I understand what you are saying. The perception that two seats retails things. But as these things grow they become unruly. I learned this years ago, with the guys I worked with of Hiller.

They turn it intod the Hiller flying platform, that is a astonishing machine. As a one man machine it worked excellent. I met the test pilot. And and so the Navy said, well, the guy that flies it requires to have a gun. And he requires to have a hundred bullets, and he requires to be able-bodied to fly ten miles, and and so after he shoots the friendly natives he requires to hurry home ten miles, and he requires to carry 100 pounds of bombs, for the reason I have ten fingers and ten toes, so I ponder 100 is a excellent number. And they ended up turn it intoing a machine that was so big and unruly and carried so most things that the machine mayn’t be steered anyextra
. Just imagine a surfboard 10 feet wide.

You end up spiraling out of control. The undertaking objective changed so much that the genius of the machine mayn’t adapt – and public opinion has swayed to ponder the core machine didn’t work. It just didn’t work as a weapon, and that is unquestionably all the customer was caning to buy. When individuals see adequate of these things that don’t blossom, their understanding becomes “that is unquestionably impossible.” And and so createers like me have to spend a lot of extra
time unwinding that perception, where in actual fact it is in fact taking place all around them and they’re just biased to ignore the ones that work.

The flying car I’m turn it intoing now can have one seat, and can carry extra batteries on the ground. So a man can fly a fewwhere, land, and and so throw another 12 batteries on the back, for the reason once you are on the ground the battery mass is comparatively irrelevant.

On why he prefers three wheel creations to four

There are most various create approaches. One challenge can be legal issues – a few individuals create stuff that works physically but is not going to fit the rules. I always manufacture my stuff legal, for the reason I don’t like fights beyond engineering. That puts the result is in a fewone else’s hands.

Generally they use internal combustion engines, and one of the big challenges is passing smog checks, so you require to consider that when you identify an engine. With the new electric motors we’re via, and the street bike motors I run right now, fortunately that isn’t an issue.

For flight, the certification of an aircraft is a long winded, multi-million dollar system. On the other hand, turn it intoing a one-off experimental hometurn it intod aircraft or kit plane is incredibly effortless, so that is unquestionably what most individuals do.

I like to work inside the motorcycle category, for the reason if you have one to three wheels, it is in fact much simpler to get on the road than if you have four.

There’s a quite short stack of rules for motorcycles, a quite big stack for cars. In addition for efficiency, cars are not particularly efficient by create anyway. It’s not like I quite wish I had a four wheel flying car, I in fact don’t. I don’t want one at all, in fact. There’s quite few four wheel aircraft out there. Some of them are 20, a few are 30, but most have three wheels.

Do you remember to check out part one of our interview, and remain tuned for another installment future week when Dezso talks us through a few of his favourite (and very least favourite) flying car creations.

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