PAL-V is a mixture of car and gyrocopter which is scheduled to start production in this year and will be delivered end of 2018.
The “PAL-V Liberty” is a gyrocopter, also known as “Tragschrauber” or “Autogyro”. A propeller engine provides for the necessary propulsion, the rotor is passively driven by the driving wind. This is not a new invention, but has been known since the 1920s. A gyrocopter named “Little Nellie” was already seen in 1967 in the movie “James Bond 007 – You Only live twice”.
The advantages according to the Dutch manufacturer PAL-V: easier to fly, quieter in operation and even cheaper than a helicopter. In addition, the PAL-V Liberty can also be converted into an engine-to-wheel gear, the flight technology is stored in a space- saving way by means of a folding mechanism, the process should take 5-10 minutes.
PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle): Official sale started
The cockpit has room for two people, the maximum speed in the air is about 180 kilometers per hour, on the road 170 hours can be reached. The tank (Superbenzin) covers a distance of 350 to 400 kilometers. For take off and landing, PAL-V recommends a 200 meters long and 20 meters wide runway.
The PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition can now be ordered in advance, the price is 499,000 euros (excluding taxes), which is about as much as a super sports car but cheaper than a private jet. Who is a “pioneer”, also gets a few free flight hours. However, the owner should already have gone to the flight school beforehand, as the PAL-V requires a small helicopter ticket ( EASA Approval Code CS-27 ). The pioneer edition will be delivered at the end of 2018.
From 2020 onwards the much more favorable model Liberty Sport will follow for only 299,000 euros (excluding taxes). Technically, no major differences are to be expected; rather, the longer waiting time for delivery and other interior equipment is expected. The PAL-V Liberty Pioneer is waiting in the passenger area with “Italian design and premium materials”, the Liberty Sport is expected here to be reckless carbon.