Carplane® - upward mobility
Carplane® - upward mobility

The Challenge - Flying Car Design

Contradictions define flying car design. Longer wings are more efficient (see gliders) but need to be stored within a normal car’s width (max. 2.2m / 7'2"). Lift must switch to downforce, the CG needs to move aft, and the motor must stay cool in traffic and comply with strict particle emissions standards:

Carplane® solves these issues by:

  • employing a twin-hull layout, limiting drag by housing its roadwheels within the hulls and protecting and storing the wings between the hulls at an angle which creates downforce; and

  • combining this with a wing-extension mechanism which stores the longest possible wings, and an extendable empennage which both shifts the center-of-gravity and lengthens the empennage moment-arm.

 

Among the 2,400 known attempts to build a roadable aircraft, 300 have flown. However, none have achieved certification. Among the many reasons they failed are:

  • they stored the wings in a manner which negatively affected driving performance;

  • they made the wings so small that it negatively affected flight performance;

  • they segmented the wing-spar, thus weakening the structure or making it too heavy;

  • they positioned the empennage, undercarriage and center-of-lift in such a way that it blocked rotation and/or limited control effectiveness;

  • they positioned the center-of gravity in such a way that it caused cornering instability.

Carplane® holds the EU's Seal of Excellence

Seal of Excellence of the EU-Commission

Carplane® GmbH
Am Forschungsflughafen

Lilienthalplatz 5
38108 Braunschweig

Tel: +49(0)1805-363534

(14 Cent/Minute bei Anrufen aus dem deutschen Festnetz)

 

Datenschutzbeauftragte & GF: Angela Fleck, HRB AG BS 202899

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