PAL-V unveils production model of limited-edition flying car
At the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2019, PAL-V unveiled its PAL-V Liberty Pioneer, the production model of its flying car. The 90-piece limited edition is based on the PAL-V Liberty, which was unveiled last year at the GIMS. The pioneer edition will be on display at Booth 1220 in Hall 1 between the 7th and 17th of March.
"Last year we already announced that we were going to start with a limited edition of the PAL-V Liberty. This year we show the special elements of this limited edition of which delivery starts in 2020," said Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V. Among other features, the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is equipped with a dual control cockpit and an electronic flight instrument system. The full carbon package distinguishes the Pioneer from the standard Liberty as well as a tailor-made interior and exclusive characteristic two tone color scheme.
Mike Stekelenburg, Chief Engineer at PAL-V, said, "The gyroplane principle not only provides us with a safe and easy-to-operate flying car but it also enables us to make it compact and within existing regulations, which is the most important factor to build a usable flying car."
The PAL-V Liberty was developed using technologies from the aerospace and automotive industries. In the air, the underlying gyroplane technology is designed to guarantee a stable flying platform that supports safe landing even in the unlikely event of a total power failure—which the company says is unlikely due to the machine's two-engine propulsion solution, based on two fully certified airplane engines from Rotax. The PAL-V Liberty is certified under the safety regime of EASA (Europe) and FAA (U.S.). On the road, it is complying with the applicable road safety requirements.
Converting from drive to fly mode or vice versa is intended to take 5-10 minutes.