Flying car rises to cross-channel challenge
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.