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Airframer journal -
January 2007 issue

Skycar plans computerised "Henry Ford style" assembly lines for customised VTOL production

The Skycar, a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) has entered its forward flight testing phase as it takes another step on the road to becoming a rival private transport option to the luxury car and private helicopter. Rod Smith details how Moller International is thrusting forward simultaneously with final development certification and plans for innovative mass manufacture of its helicopter-aeroplane-car concept which began life as a sketch on a drawing board in the early 1960s.

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Features from this issue:

Computer driven onboard systems will make piloting skills redundant

VTOLs map out bespoke manufacturing routes to the mass market

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Airbus project wings its way towards assembly fruition

Hampson forges ahead with Indian aerospace ambitions

New simulation tool readied

Turkey's TAI develops structural composite products

Boeing's customer-designed freighter completes blueprint phase

Boeing enjoys a moving experience

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