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Comment: Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (Score 1) 148

by iogan (#26994567) Attached to: Flying Car Flies From London To Africa

The concept looks cool.Just driving it in traffic would be a show stopper. The fact page on this aircraft/car doesn't show certain things, like "Take Off Distance", Red Line, Yellow Line, Stall, Octane stuff, and um, the ceiling at 15K? With an open Cock Pit? The car looks like a Tube Frame Sand Buggy, nice. I didn't know that Rotax had a automotive transmission for their power plants, interesting. I also have a couple questions like, "IFR Capable?" Or is this just only a "VFR" kind of car? I didn't see the word "Experimental" on side of car; why? The "why" reason could be a very cool price worthy answer.

We don't have to put experimental on the side of EAA type aircraft in Europe (don't know about Africa, but I suspect a similar situation). All we need is a plaque somewhere in the cockpit. Experimental craft and IFR don't really mix here though, can you fly IFR in experimental aircraft in the US? Then again, at least in certain countries you wouldn't even need to do that for something like this. Depending on empty weight etc, it could well be a microlight/ultralight. Don't really see what the big deal is about this though, seen plenty of similar in the past. I think the flyke is cooler, actually. (http://www.freshbreezeusa.com/flyke.htm)

Comment: Re:Convincing one of safety of small vehicles. (Score 1) 507

by iogan (#24067489) Attached to: VW Concept Microcar Gets 235 MPG
Here's how a SmartCar will fare against a brick wall: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s The problem is not that of the car breaking or not, it's how it manages to decelerate without subjecting your body to forces that it cannot survive. Many SUVs suffer problems in this department, because they are simply too hard. If you hit a brick wall with them, they stop, which might well kill you. Same with the SmartCar, but unless you really hit it straight on it's likely to bounce off in some direction, and then decelerate as it hits stuff. An SUV will probably not. On the other hand, SUVs are going out of style in the US in a big way right now, and will probably not be around much longer. Just check the price of crude oil from 2001 to the present day.
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Sterling D. Allan writes "By injecting a water-ethanol mixture called Aquahol that can be used on most any vehicle, and by producing ethanol from the prolific and multi-use sweet sorghum plant, Tectane's net result is no added emissions to the environment, at a cost savings. This past Wednesday they had a press conference in which they showed a 30-minute short version of a documentary film about their company, being produced by Nicholas Klein, best known for such Hollywood hits as The Million Dollar Hotel starring Mel Gibson and The Venice Project starring Dennis Hopper and Lauren Bacall. A vehicle running on this technology requires only a slight addition to the engine compartment to house the injection apparatus, which is said to increases mileage by between 20 and 40 percent, cutting emissions by 20 to 60 percent, while increasing horse power by 10 to 15 percent, and increasing the lifetime of the engine by 50 percent. It also removes the need for the catalytic converter, as well as environmentally destructive chemical additives to the fuel like MBTE. The modification enables almost all cars to run on any fuel, including low (75) octane gasoline, which is cheaper, requiring less refinement. The second part of the equation is in the ethanol production method that they promote, using sweet sorghum. The plant can grow without pesticides or expensive fertilizers, grows prolifically, with little water, producing two crops per season; and the entire plant can be used, not just a portion. The stalk fibers can be used as a substitute for wood composites, eliminating the need for deforestation for buildings. The grainy top can be used for animal feed. The pulp can be used for paper production, and has been by the paper company, Cascade, since 2003. The leftover biomass can be used in energy generation plants, being an ideal fuel since it is neither too dry nor too wet."

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