Kelsey D. Atherton wrote an article for Popular Science on July 29, 2016 which talks about how there is an engineer from California that is working to build a flying car that is based off of the gyrocopter. The engineer is named Dezso Molnar. The gyrocopter looks similar to the skeleton of an automobile. On the body of the skeletal car is a pusher propeller which needs an active rotor on top.
Molnar also doubles as a pilot. The way he sees this is that he wants to create a flying car that will be the catalyst to creating a flying car racing league.
This prototype plane that Molnar has been working on has even been approved by the FAA. The FAA has considered this to be a “light airplane.” This light plane can be found in the Mojave Desert.
Here is what Atherton has to say about how to mechanics of the gyrocopter work.
“Molnar’s plan is to combine this body with the rotor from a gyrocopter. While their overhead rotor makes them look similar to helicopters, gyrocopters have a major difference: in a helicopter, an engine spins the rotor, providing both power and lift. In a gyrocopter, a propeller pulls the vehicle forward, and the rotors spins passively, generating lift as an overhead spinning wing.”
Most of Molnar’s free time is spent working on the flying car. His day job includes working for a company that does water installations on a commercial level including things such as the fountain at the Bellagio hotel.
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