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“Companies like the Sahara Group in Mumbai have shown interest in using PAL-V’s for tourist mobility and sightseeing applications. Robert Dingemanse, chief executive officer, PAL-V Europe NV, says the company has received interests from government institutions, hospitals and the tourism sector.
“Driving and flying with one vehicle opens up a complete new set of applications people until now could only dream of,” he told Business Standard.
The company’s website explains: “When airborne, the PAL-V ONE usually flies below 4,000 feet, the airspace available for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules traffic, so there will be no interference from commercial air traffic.”
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Running on petrol, the craft can reach speeds of up to 112 mph both on land and in the air.
The site adds: “It is quieter than helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor. It takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and is very easy to control.
“The gyroplane technology means that it can be steered and landed safely even if the engine fails, because the rotor keeps auto rotating.”
The expect price in Europe for the vehicle is expected to be around €499,000, or £390,532, with a limited supply being shipped from the Netherlands within the first three to five years.
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