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Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies

4/04/2012
AFP News agency
Agence France-Presse

Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres .... per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday. 

The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres .... at an altitude of up to  ... 1,200 metres. 

When it lands, it tucks away its rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres. 

"In the future, you will be able to drive from home to the airport, take off, land and then drive to your destination in one go," said Robert Dingemanse, chief executive of the company, also called PAL-V. 

In development since 2008, the first commercial models of the arrow-shaped PAL-V are expected to go on sale in 2014 at 250,000-300,000 euros ($330,000-$400,000), Dingemanse told AFP. 

The view from the air.

"The successful maiden flight of the PAL-V protoype was conducted at a Dutch Air Force base last month," added the head of the company, based in Raamsdonksveer near the eastern city of Nijmegen. 

"It will revolutionise the era of personal air travel," said Jacco Hoekstra, dean of the aerospace faculty at Delft Technical University, which with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory cooperated on the project.

"Before, air travel was mainly based on public transport," Hoekstra said. "Now it will become a lot more personal -- you will simply be able to walk out your door, drive to a small airfield and fly away."

If the PAL-V sounds like the perfect getaway vehicle from a traffic jam, there is a hitch -- it requires 165 metres of runway to take off, 30 metres to land and can only be flown from airports.

For more than a century inventors have been trying to combine cars and planes, and several companies have joined the race to make the first commercially-produced "flying car." 

US-based firm Terrafugia said Monday they had successfully tested their own street-legal plane called the the "Transition." 

(Source: Bangkok Post,  Gadgets,  Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies, 4/04/2012, AFP News agency, Agence France-Presse, link

Flying Car Vocabulary

flying car - an aircraft that can also travel along roads (See Wikipedia)

PAL-V - the flying car described in the article,"the PAL-V in flight is an autogyro or gyrocopter, with a pusher propeller at the rear of the fuselage providing forward thrust and a free-spinning rotor providing lift. Directional stability is provided by twin boom-mounted tailfins. It has a tricycle undercarriage with relatively large wheels. On the ground, the propeller and rotor are stopped and power is diverted to the wheels, allowing it to travel as a three-wheeled car. Unusually, it leans into turns like a motorcycle, as the PAL-V shares technology with the Carver vehicle, also produced by a Dutch company. The Pal-V One has two seats and a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, giving it a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) on land and in air, and a Maximum Takeoff Weight of 910 kg. A prototype model has been flown and the company are seeking funds to develop the type for production. Estimated unit price is around $300,000" (See Wikipedia)

gyrocopter  - a small open air helicopter like plane that holds one or two people; also called a autogyro, gyroplane or rotaplane (See Wikipedia)
rotor-blade - one of the long pieces of metal on top of a helicopter that turn around fast to lift it off the ground

take off - when an airplane leaves the ground and goes up into the air
land
-  when an airplane comes down from the air to the ground again
runway - a long flat area for an airplane to take off and land
airfield - a small place where planes can take off and land (smaller than an airport)
altitude - height above sea level ความสูงเหนือระดับน้ำทะเล
flight - when an airplane travels in the air for a period of time
maiden flight - the first flight of an airplane
prototype - the first test version of a product (to test how how it works before decision to produce is made)
test pilot - a pilot skilled in testing airplanes to see if the design works and they actually fly, a dangerous job (See Wikipedia)

takes to the  - starts a journey into or across a certain place (example: The sailors took to the sea and set sail in their boat.)
Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies

prove - show that you can do something
handle - be able to do some difficult activity (solve, handle or deal with all the problems)
proved it can handle the skies

Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday. The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres (315 miles) at an altitude of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres). 

tuck away - put or store something in a hidden place  
road-legal - it is legal to drive it on public roads
street-legal plane  - same as "road-legal"
successfully tested their own street-legal plane
vehicle - a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. ยานพาหนะ
range - a distance that a vehicle such as a car can drive
vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres

When it lands, it tucks away its rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres. 

destination - the place where someone or something is going จุดหมายปลายทาง
drive to your destination
in one go -
in one continuous activity (don't have to change from car to airplane)

"In the future, you will be able to drive from home to the airport, take off, land and then drive to your destination in one go," said Robert Dingemanse, chief executive of the company, also called PAL-V. 

In development since 2008 - being designed and planned since 2008
commercial - for business purposes
models - different designs or types of a product
commercial models - types of a product offered for sale to customers
arrow  -
long straight with a point at one end ลูกธนู, ลูกศร
arrow-shaped -
looks like an arrow, in the shape of an arrow 
the arrow-shaped PAL-V
expected - believe will happen คาดว่า (จะเกิดขึ้น)
expected to go on sale in 2014

In development since 2008, the first commercial models of the arrow-shaped PAL-V are expected to go on sale in 2014 at 250,000-300,000 euros ($330,000-$400,000), Dingemanse told AFP. 

conducted - to do some activity
Air Force base - a place where military airplanes are located and take off from on missions

"The successful maiden flight of the PAL-V protoype was conducted at a Dutch Air Force base last month," added the head of the company, based in Raamsdonksveer near the eastern city of Nijmegen. 

revolutionise - to completely change something so that it is much better ทำให้เกิดการเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างสิ้นเชิง
revolutionise the era of personal air travel
dean - a senior official at a college or university อธิการบดี
faculty - a group of departments in a college which specialize in a particular subject or group of subjects คณะ
dean of the aerospace faculty 
cooperated on the project -
worked together on the project

"It will revolutionise the era of personal air travel," said Jacco Hoekstra, dean of the aerospace faculty at Delft Technical University, which with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory cooperated on the project.

transport - to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
public transport - transport such as buses, trains or boats that move large numbers of people from one city to another city 
personal - special for one person (or a few people) only
it will become a lot more personal

"Before, air travel was mainly based on public transport," Hoekstra said. "Now it will become a lot more personal -- you will simply be able to walk out your door, drive to a small airfield and fly away."

getaway - 1, ; 2. going somewhere to have a holiday การหลบหนีไปพักผ่อน
traffic - the number traveling to a place during a period of time (people, aircraft, ships, trains, cars, trucks, etc.) ความหนาแน่นของจำนวนคน หรือยานพาหนะในช่วงเวลาใดช่วงเวลาหนึ่ง
jam - to block; to prevent from being sent กั้น ป้องกัน
traffic jam - when there are many cars on the road in a city, so travel is very slow
hitch -
a problem
there is a hitch -
there is a problem

If the PAL-V sounds like the perfect getaway vehicle from a traffic jam, there is a hitch -- it requires 165 metres of runway to take off, 30 metres to land and can only be flown from airports.

century - a period of one hundred years ศตวรรษ
inventors -
people who create new machines or chemical processes (See Wikipedia)
commercially-produced - making to sell as a product to customers
the first commercially-produced flying car
firm - a company บริษัท
US-based firm Terrafugia

For more than a century inventors have been trying to combine cars and planes, and several companies have joined the race to make the first commercially-produced "flying car."  US-based firm Terrafugia said Monday they had successfully tested their own street-legal plane called the the "Transition."

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