Have you ever dreamt of flying in your car like Harry Potter and Ronald like they did in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Or like some super cool guy from a sci-fi movie? If so, here is your time as it is not a dream anymore! The Dutch company PAL-V has reshaped the future of commuting with their new flying car, PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle), which functions both as an ordinary car and a gyrocopter.

“[This] whole new industry will change our mobility forever. Being able to use sustainable air mobility to go from any door to any door in the world is going to be a game-change in our life and that of future generations. “The PAL-V Liberty is just the start for us”:  Mike van den Broek, COO of PAL-V explains how this new module would change the world.

Pigs don’t fly but PAL-V Liberty does

The car is well-designed to fly with a minimum effort anywhere anytime. It is light in weight, has two engines behind the driver and small in size; all the ingredients needed for a flying car. It can transform from five to 10 minutes from driving to flying mode and vice versa.

There are two separate engines in the car; one for flight mode and one for car mode. However both the engines would work in flight mode to enable a better flight. On the road, it can travel up to 160 km/h and has a range of over 1300 km. In the air, its cruising speed can reach 160 km/h, with flight times reaching an estimated four to five hours. The car is equipped with two engines. Especially it does not require a special airstrip to take off or land, instead anywhere with a 180 metres of runway (tarmac or grass) would suffice to get the car airborne. So if you are stuck in heavy traffic and the clock is ticking fast, don’t worry just take off and fly!

 Also, since the PAL-V Liberty is based on a gyroplane, it is 80 per cent less affected by turbulence and self-stabilising in gusts of wind, thus provides a safe and smooth journey.


PAL-V Liberty Drive Mode
(As of June 2019):

-Max Speed 160 km/h (about 100 mph)

-Top speed acceleration (0-100 km/h) <9 seconds (0-62 mph)

-Engine power 100 hp

-Fuel economy 7.6 l/100km

-Range 1,315 km (817 miles)

PAL-V Liberty Flight Mode (As of June 2019):

-Economic cruise speed 140 km/h (87 mph)

-High cruise speed (90 per cent range) 160 km/h (99 mph)

-Maximum speed 180 km/h (112 mph)

-Maximum operating altitude 3,500 m (11483 ft)

-Useful load 246 kg (542 lbs)

-Landing roll distance 30 m (98 feet)

-Take-off roll (MTOW, MSL) 180 m (590 ft)

-Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW) 400-500 km (249-310 miles)

-Max endurance (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW) 4.3 hours

Parking is not a problem

You might have seen special parking spots for busses, bicycles and even for electric vehicles. But have you seen any such parking spot for flying cars? The answer should be no because the PAL-V Liberty doesn’t require such special parking spaces. Any parking spot with a width of 2m, length of 4m and height of 1.7m can easily accommodate it.

Flying soon

The company has received permission to use the vehicle on the roads from numerous countries already and now it is being tested for flying. The company says that they are in the last stage of testing and applying for licences. Then they will be offering training to potential pilots in Coventry and Oxford. The PAL-V Liberty will cost just over £250,000. However you will need a pilot’s licence to fly it.

By Induwara Athapattu