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AirQuad One: The Future of Flight (Almost) Today!

From the Jetsons to Back to the Future, flying cars have defined the imagined future of personal transport. As modern attempts have shown however vertigo isn’t the only barrier in the technological march of tomorrow; apparently it’s not as easy as we all assumed to make cars fly.

How about a bike then? It might not be a car, but the AirQuad One from British-based Neva Aerospace is the closest thing to fulfilling our personal aerial dreams.

It’s not the first concept of its kind of course; there’s countless aerospace specialists working on the exact same problem. The difference is that while most of those are wildly speculative, the AirQuad One has been tried, tested and ultimately proven.

Designed to take-offand land vertically, the quad bike-style aircraft is powered by 20 fans that distribute upwards thrust evenly across the chassis. You wouldn’t want to tilt over the abyss when there aren’t actually sides now, would you?

AirQuad One

The bike will be able to reach an estimate 3,000 feet up and be able to fly for a solid 30 minutes – enough to make it a viable alternative than the purgatory of the tube for your daily commute. Still, that battery is currently the only limitation facing Neva and, with Tesla having just created the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

If the AirQuad One still sounds like a literal flight of fancy, bear in mind that not only was it revealed at the recent International Paris Air Show, but the makers have already applied for FAA and EASA light-aircraft certification in Europe and the US.  Now all we need are the light bikes from TRON and my childhood transport fantasies will be complete.

For more go to: www.neva-aero.com

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Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.