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THE VOLANTE



Designed & Built By K.P. Rice


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The Volante flying car has been under development since 2003. A product of Volante Aircraft in Santa Ana, California, this flying car design is a combination of a two-place, 150 m.p.h. aircraft and a useful, highway-speed automobile.

It is a "take-all-parts-with-you-on-the-road" machine. The flight section is removable from the car component, and is transportable by the car in trailer fashion. When it is time to go flying, the flight section is easily and safely re-attached to the automobile.

The conversion time goal, either way, is under five minutes for one person and, according to the developer, that goal appears to be easily attainable.

Volante Aircraft offers a website describing this design, and early in 2006 added two new features to this website. They are - "What kind of a Flying Car You Should Own" and "The Role of the Flying Car". Just click on those titles to see this new information.



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The driving components are currently receiving durability testing in a ground vehicle that is driven daily, while the flight portion is being tested in California's Mojave Desert. A quarter-scale model of the final kit configuration is simultaneously being developed. It will incorporate all of the appropriate configuration changes indicated by tests with both sets of tests.


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According to the designer -

"The Volante flying car ranks high in affordability. An airplane alone must be tied down outside, incurring increased maintenance costs. Or the airplane can be hangared, which means that, over a five-year period, costs for the hangar equal or exceed the initial cost of the kit. However, a flying car can be kept in one's garage and can be used significantly more often than the 100 hours per year flown by the average pilot using a traditional aircraft only."


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"The Volante flying car ranks equally high in utility. Statistics indicate that the average pilot does not fly enough to maintain proficiency in all types of weather. However, with a flying car the pilot can drive to the airport, take off, fly up to the edge of a weather system, land, drive to the other side of it, continue flight to his destination airport, and then drive the car portion to his final destination."


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"The Volante flying car also ranks high in convenience. Prior to 9/11 the average speed for an airline distance of 500 miles was estimated at between 50 and 60 mph door to door. Today this speed has been reduced dramatically due to security measures. However, the pilot of a flying car is able to avoid the overly long commute from an airline airport to a final destination, which frequently has a small airport of its own."


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The Volante will be offered as a kit to homebuilders, rather than being targeted immediately for full-scale production.

"Homebuilders are extremely interested in new types of aircraft, and they represent a sizeable portion of all aircraft owners" says KP Rice, CEO of Volante Aircraft. "Yet for less experienced homebuilders, the car portion in itself provides a low-risk, useful, intermediate product. It can be built without the immediate do-or-die pressure of a complete aircraft kit-building venture. The flight component can be added by the homebuilder when ready to do so. The entire Volante flying car kit allows for individualistic styling touches to be added by the homebuilder."

Funding requirements for the flying car kit production program, and the right organization to so, are being defined at this time.



Contact: KP Rice
Volante Aircraft Co.
2020 S. Susan St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 545-0125

Email enquiries -
wattter@aol.com

The Volante WebSite -
www.volanteaircraft.com

The vehicle shown above is the second Volante designed and built by K.P.Rice. The original made some 300 flights and the car portion was driven frequently. That machine was dismantled to provide components for the new design. The same car was much modified for use in the current Volante.


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These pictures show the first Volante in flight and road configurations.


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