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New flying car entering full-scale development

27/07/2018
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Are we a step closer to mass-produced flying cars being a tangible reality?

Sort of.
The first manned flights of the CityHawk VTOL car are expected in 2021-22.
(Image via Urban Aeronautics).

Israel’s Urban Aeronautics has announced that its CityHawk VTOL flying car is going into full-scale development. They’ve even set some deadlines.

Urban Aeronautics have stated that the first manned flights of this hybrid-powered, 170mph six seater flying car will take place in 2021-22. It’ll eventually be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and be relatively quiet at only 70 dBA. Estimated range is in the region of 150km.
The CityHawk's car-like footprint means it truly can fly anywhere, land anywhere.
(Image via Urban Aeronautics).

Unlike many other flying car concepts that we’ve spotted lately, the CityHawk differs by utilising a pair of contra-rotating props at the front and rear of the vehicle, which will eventually be driven by a pair of 1,000 horsepower turboshaft engines.

Whilst we might be calling the CityHawk a car, it’s in fact been designed to comply with FAA helicopter regulations. However, it has the footprint of a car and certainly is visibly recognisable as having an automotive lineage. Furthermore, the lack of wings means the CityHawk truly will be able to fly anywhere, land anywhere.
Urban Aeronautics envisage many uses for the CityHawk including as Executive Transport, for medical evacuation or even as a Sky Taxi.
(Image via Urban Aeronautics).

Once it’s eventually in production (should it reach that stage), Urban Aeronautics envisage CityHawk fulfilling a variety of roles including that of Private/Executive transport, Air Taxi, Medevac/Emergency Response, or even just as personal transport.

So, are we a step closer to mass-produced flying cars being a reality? The verdict’s still out, but Urban Aeronautics’ CityHawk looks like the best bet yet…
The CityHawk will initially be powered by a hybrid engine, but will eventually be converted to run on hydrogen.
(Image via Urban Aeronautics).

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