Milner Motors was founded in 2005 and is based in the U.S.A. Early in 2008 the company issued a press release
on the Milner AirCar. It is a patented design and will be a completely self-contained four-door, four or five-seat,
advanced-composite roadable aircraft.
The foldable main wing is located at the rear of the vehicle and a canard is used at the front.
One or two engines with propellers or ducted fans will produce 300 total HP to carry the aircraft to an estimated cruise speed of
200 MPH. Range is expected to be up to 1000 miles.
The company says that in ground mode, the Milner AirCar will operate as an automobile, and be about the same size as the
Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. A separate 40hp engine and transmission will power the wheels on the ground. The non-retractable
wheels extend from the 54" wide fuselage. The front ones have "double A"arm suspension, and the
rear wheels are located in the wing just inboard of the first wing fold. When changing to air mode, the rear wheels will be shifted
forward so less weight is carried by the front wheels and the vehicle has additional ground clearance. At the same time, the
front wheels will pivot downward to keep the vehicle level. The AirCar will have modern instrumentation with two flat panel
displays that give the appropriate information for both air and ground modes. Expected vehicle cost is approximately $450,000.
The initial prototype is to be built as an experimental aircraft, but the eventual goal is to have the aircraft certified for
commercial production. Milner advises that ultimately, plans call for the airplane to be pressurized, have normal deicing equipment
and the ability to operate up to 25,000 feet. The purpose is to allow the pilot to get above most heavy weather without
getting into the more hostile airspace above 25,000 feet. As of February 2008 the company was building a non-flying but drive-able
prototype of the AirCar. They then plan to identify a company or companies to perform the remainder of the engineering work
and to build a flying prototype.
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Roadable Times Features And Departments
Posted March 2008