Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sometime during the year of 2008, NRG businessman Subhash Shihora’s wife and six-month-old baby were not granted to board a flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad Irrespective of having a valid ticket because of a technical malfunction. Shihora, a significant stake-holder in the Rs 2 lakh crore Urok consultancy organisation within the UK, was so provoked he sued the air carrier for Rs 21 crore. He also wished to ensure that it by no means occurred repeatedly. And he found a way out — Shihora has grown to become the first Indian to buy the world’s first commercial flying car branded ‘Transition’, developed by a company in Massachusetts, United States.

Shihora now wants the car to be placed at his farmhouse off SG Road in Ahmedabad. But he worries obtaining consent could possibly not be easy. He will require clearances from not just aviation agencies, but protection bureaus as well, and has recently commenced communicating officials.

“I fly down to Ahmedabad at least six times a year and then fly to Mumbai and Rajkot. I had taken a test drive of the flying car. By pressing just one button, the car turns into an aircraft. I have started taking flying lessons to get the licence,” says Shihora. He booked the car in 2009 and will get delivery in 2012. Shihora, who moved to UK in 1998, booked it for Rs 1 crore and will pay another Rs 1 crore by the time it is delivered. “With all taxes and duties paid, the car will cost me around Rs 6 crore in Ahmedabad.”

The car, specifically designed with collapsible wings, safely and effectively completed its first voyage on March 5, 2009 and not long ago received clearance from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration. The two-seater means of transportation falls inside the light aircraft classification and calls for a private pilot licence to fly it. The vehicle, which is sufficient enough to fit into a home garage and runs on unleaded petrol, will be able to travel up to 450 miles, and has the capability to fly at 115 mph.

Colonel VK Nagar, an aviation industry expert, says, “Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI) may give permission under the micro light aircraft category. But a vehicle that can both be driven on roads and can be taken to the skies from anywhere may create issues with security agencies.”

source : NewTechnologyWorld

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