Documentary Film About Paul Moller And The Skycar
By Shane Nolan
August 1, 2011 - Volantor is a film about Paul Moller, a
modern day Wright Brother, who may revolutionize
personal aviation forever when he pilots his M-400
Volantor "Skycar" for the first time and achieves a 70
year old childhood dream.
Over the past century America has developed the
strongest car culture in the world. We go everywhere by
car, from the grocery store to the opposite coast.
However, 55 years after the start of construction of the
Eisenhower Interstate System the U.S. is hardly building
any new roads.
have reached a saturation point, but traffic and vehicle
ownership continues to grow up to 30% every ten years.
Needless to say, we are approaching a bottleneck and we
need some brilliant solutions soon. Dr. Paul Moller’s
invention may be one of them.
USC School of Cinematic Arts graduates Scott Hardie and Konstantin Brazhnik are currently in pre-production for a documentary film titled Volantor. The film will document the esteemed inventor Paul Moller and his 45 year long journey to bring his M-400 Volantor (deemed the “Skycar” by the press) to the market.
faced with overwhelming criticism, today Paul’s invention is
closer than ever to being commercially viable. His
uncompromising ambition will guide the story as the film
documents his upcoming test flight this October, 2011.
Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and
landing) aircraft — a "flying car" — called a "Volantor" by its
inventor Paul Moller, who has been attempting to develop such
vehicles for forty years. The design calls for four ducted fans
encasing the propellers, which prevents bystanders from being
exposed to moving blades as well as improving aerodynamic
efficiency at low speeds.
said to be currently under development, the M400, is purported
to ultimately transport four people; single-seat up to six-seat
variations are also planned. It is described as a car since it
is aimed at being a popular means of transport for anyone who
can drive, incorporating automated flight controls. It is
proposed that in a model for the general public, the driver may
only input direction and speed.
developers claim that by using eight inexpensive Wankel rotary engines -
compared to jet engines, the vehicle's price may eventually fall close
to that of a luxury car ($100,000). The fuel consumption is claimed to
be 20 miles per gallon — similar to that of a big car— but this has been
calculated as unrealistic. According to the developers, operation of a
Skycar will produce as much noise as traffic on a nearby freeway when
demonstrated limited tethered flight capability in 2003 by hovering
only. Scheduled tethered flight tests, which were to occur in mid-2006,
were apparently canceled. Moller upgraded the Skycar's engines in 2007,
and the improved prototype is now called the "M400X".
Will he succeed in achieving his childhood dream or is
the public just not ready for another Wright Brother?
|©AvStop Online Magazine Contact Us Return To News|