... and flying cars we shall have. Seriously. Also, a reminder about a live discussion session on Friday, Nov 12.
For anybody interested in FAA certification of all-electric airplanes, see the website of Bye Aerospace of Denver which is working with the FAA for certification of the first all-electric airplane (expected for 4th qtr 2022)
The technology being developed for "flying cars" is impressive. But reporting about the vehicles and services rarely seems to include discussion of other key issues: (1) How will the the national airspace system (air traffic control, etc.) handle so many aerial vehicles crisscrossing the skies, often in the busiest airspace where urban mobility will be especially popular; (2) How will these aircraft be certified, inspected, and maintained, and by whom? The existing infrastructure for maintaining aircraft isn't designed for such a surge in volume, and the FAA can barely keep up with existing requirements; (3) How will people living beneath skies buzzing with (albeit relatively quiet electric aircraft) react when the technology really takes off? These aircraft will be attractive in large part because they take off and almost anywhere. Today fixed-wing aircraft operate from airports (which generate many complaints about noise and other issues), and aircraft rarely crash onto houses, schoolyards, etc. I wrote about some of these issues in 2007 at my blog, here: https://bruceair.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/the-flying-car/