Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: North Wales
Vehicle: '14 SLK 55 AMG Silver ( past ) '06 SLK 55 AMG Bright Blue, '03 SLK 320 black, '00 SLK 230 blue.
Other Toys: Oceanis 390 ( Greece)
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Flying cars ........ never happen! ( well not in my grandkids lifetime )
You'll need an MOT AND an annual inspection and CofA. 100 hour inspections alone will kill the cost and there aren't enough facilities to keep even a small fleet airborne.
Someone opens a door on one and dings it at the local supermarket .... who fixes it? £120 / hour airframe fitter or Quickfit down the road. Who signs it off for flight again?
'Unlicenced' aircraft, not a hope in hell. The Authorities just wont put up with the opportunity to tax, legislate, control and mess with the whole sector.
Sorry the law is just nowhere near being able to cope with this kind of stuff.
I give you gliding in the UK. Nearly 100 years of self regulation ultimately by the British Gliding Association. A superb safety record, very, very few technical failures, very, very few medically induced accidents. ( About 1 death a year due to pilot errors ). In wafts EASA ( Europe ) regulation, paperwork, having to have qualified fitters do all but the most basic work on aircraft .......... net safety change ....... ZERO.
Sorry but as a design exercise it is beautiful but as a practical transport vehicle, Aston would be downright suicidal to commit more than £10 to the project.
Even Elon Musk is sticking to more sensible pursuits!
Angelina IV - 2014 Silver R172 55 AMG
Angelina III - 2005 Mystic Blue R171 55 AMG
Angelina II - 2002 Silver 170 320
Angelina 1 - 2001 Silver 170 230
Realtime Tracker, SmartTop, retrofitted Panoramic roof, X-Pipe, 400hp atrw, wired in dashcam, carbon boot spoiler, Maxton splitter,Chrome bonnet fins, USB charger in console.