Having a jet at one’s disposal is at this stage reserved for the ultra-rich or bankers and Ford Motor Company execs on their way to Congressional hearings, but that’s really not a story we need to enter into right now.
The prospects for aircraft to be more accessible to all, however, are improving, with the preview of a minuscule water-borne aircraft called “Flynano”
Designed by Finnish aeronautical engineer Aki Suokas, this single-seat “microlight” aircraft will be available in three models — a 20 kW electric version, a 24 hp gasoline model, and a 35 hp gasoline-powered racing version.
Flynano takes off and lands on water and flies up to 43 miles at 76 mph. It’s built of carbon fiber composite, making its surprising 154-pound weight light enough for it to be flown without a pilot’s license.
According to Flynano:
“If you’ve ever had a pilot’s license, or had experience with ultras or micros, you’ll fly Nano right out of the box. The rest of you will need to learn the simple rules of the air. Minimum red tape – maximum fun.”
According to GizMag, these tiny floating airplanes will be available in July of this year, and the most-expensive model will cost $39,000 USD.
The aircraft industry is rife with exaggerated claims and missed ship dates, so Mashable asked Soukas to send them pictures or video of this plane flying at the Aero 2011 show. One image of the aircraft was uncovered still at the show, but it’s not clear whether it’s a full-sized prototype or whether it will fly.
So it’s it “pie in the sky” and are the plans “up in the air” or will these aircraft see the light of day?
What do you think?