Fly­ing car rises to cross-chan­nel chal­lenge

Pilot - - NOTES -

French pi­lot Bruno Vez­zoli has com­pleted the cross-chan­nel chal­lenge in his ‘fly­ing car’ Pe­ga­sus which, like the Mav­er­ick fea­tured in the Spring 2014 edi­tion of Pi­lot, re­sem­bles a dune bug­gie car­ried by a para­sail.

Vez­zoli set off at 8am lo­cal time from an aban­doned wartime run­way in Am­ble­teuse, a town lo­cated on the French north­ern coast­line be­tween Calais and Boulogne-surMer. Be­cause most of the flight was over the English Chan­nel, the craft was equipped with sea sur­vival equip­ment as a safety pre­cau­tion, but for­tu­nately this was not needed dur­ing the chal­lenge. Vez­zoli landed suc­cess­fully 37 miles away from his start­ing point at East Stud­dal near Dover.

In or­der to com­plete a take­off Pe­ga­sus re­quires around 100m of ground run but just 30m to land. The craft is claimed to fly at a max­i­mum speed of 50mph, have a 10,000ft ceil­ing and be able to re­main in the air for ap­prox­i­mately three hours.

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