Making the Transition to a Flying Transportation System

Introduction Major market forces appear to be pushing the US towards higher utilization of airborne traffic in many sectors:  package delivery, mapping, resource management, emergency services, and both commercial and personal transportation. Technology advances are empowering a more rapid potential to change the way we ship goods and transport people. While recent focus has been…

JUST WHAT IS A FLYING CAR?

A friend recently sent me a link to a feature article listing the top 10 “flying cars”. As I read through the list, I was struck by the extent to which most of these (and the majority of the entries in this list were only designs or “proof of concept” experiments) represent not flying cars,…

Flying commercially: A new Combat Sport?

Perhaps you haven’t realized it, but we travelers have a new contact sport. Airline Travel! It used to be more relaxing and even enjoyable to fly commercially. You certainly didn’t have to risk bodily harm. Now, before I fly on an airline, I have to psych myself up. Get in the zone. Breathe deeply. Focus….

The hidden truth about travel, weather and flying cars!

With the new year upon us, I found myself reflecting on flying and on being a pilot. To be honest, it takes some work to become a pilot. This shows in the statistics, since less than 1% of the US population hold pilots licenses. And because the number of active pilots has been dropping over…

The Cure to ‘Get-there-itis’

A pilot friend of mine introduced me to the concept of ‘Get-there-itis’.  It is a made up term for a condition where a private pilot has a very strong desire to get to their destination, which may lead to someone flying in unsafe conditions. While this condition is not in any medical books, it is…

Alaska via Flying Car

Having been to Alaska several times, with only the old fashioned means of transportation, I would like to paint a picture for you of what it could have been like in a flying car. First off, for those who have never been to this vast, wild state, let me tell you that the geography can…

Go north young man, go north!

Flying and driving a Switchblade would be such a great way to go to and around Minnesota and enjoy the peace and beauty of that lovely state. Having been born there, I have to admit that I’m a bit partial, but it really is a nice place to be, whether you like lakes, open country,…

“Dad, can my first car be a flying car?!”

Do you remember your first car? Perhaps you saved up for it, or maybe your parents helped you buy it. Many young people simply use their family car. My husband’s first car was actually a motorcycle, which was great for getting to and from school as well as accessing rough dirt roads for trout fishing…

The Oregon Coast in a Flying Car

Have you ever taken a day trip that was perfect? Or maybe a day trip that could have been perfect if certain factors had been changed? Recently we flew to an amazing place. The only way it could have been improved upon, would have been if we were traveling in a Switchblade Flying Car. Allow…

How much money would you save by parking your plane in your garage?

Depending on where you live in the world, storing your aircraft can vary greatly in price. In some places, renting a hangar is a very expensive proposition. Recently, at AirVenture, in Oshkosh Wisconsin – the world’s largest aviation celebration – I spoke to some pilots regarding aviation expenses in their country. Now, I had already…

Exploring Maine’s rustic beauty

I feel that Maine is one of the most beautiful states in all of the U.S., although its somewhat remote location might make it less well known. Many people from the overly crowded cities along the East Coast – New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., etc. – travel up to Maine to gain some peace and…