2. CHA­PARRAL SKYRUNNER

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Here’s another real fly­ing car, prob­a­bly the clos­est thing you can get to a fly­ing off-roader right now. The maker, Cha­parral, calls it an “FAA ap­proved off-road air­craft”. What it is, in lay­man’s terms, is a quad with a para­chute. A Po­laris ProS­tar 1 000 pow­ers the ve­hi­cle while it’s on the ground, while a Ro­tax 914 UL light-sport air­craft en­gine pow­ers it in the air. A parafoil al­lows you to steer it. As men­tioned, the United States Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) awarded SkyRunner a spe­cial light-sport air­craft clas­si­fi­ca­tion, so it’s real and le­gal, and you can buy it. It’s ex­pen­sive (R1.8 mil­lion), but much cheaper than the PAL-V Lib­erty and way more fun in the rough stuff. On the down­side, you can’t drive it on pub­lic roads.

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