I was thinking of posting this in the thread, Potential of the Moller Skycar. Decided not to hijack that thread too much.
One of the points brought up in that thread was, if you want a “skycar” you don’t have to wait for the Moller Skycar. We have “skycars” already. They’re called planes & helicopters.
According to Johnny L.A. in that thread:
You could by a used Cessna 172 for about $45K.
According to this site, for ground school & flight-time a pilot’s certificate will cost you between $3000-5000.
For $50K, you could be a pilot and own your own “flying car.” If you can’t afford to own a plane, you can still rent them by the hour. One of my local places rents them for $125/HR.
I’d bet there are many Dopers who could budget for, and afford to be a pilot.
What’s stopping you from getting your own “skycar?”
I mentioned in the other thread my brother is a pilot. He absolutely loves flying. He’s super-motivated. I’ve spent who knows how many hours flying around the mid-atlantic region with him. I’ve been through ground school. So has my brother’s wife, my SIL. Well, I ran out of funds, so I couldn’t afford the flight-hours. My SIL could afford the flight hours, but dropped out of flight school anyway. I asked her why one time, and her answer was somewhat vague, but basically it just wasn’t as fun as it was cracked up to be, and kinda stressful. Especially the take-offs & landings. Me? Besides the cost, I think I kinda lost motivation. To fly, you don’t necessarily have to get over a fear of flying. I have none. But I kinda have a fear of landing, if that makes sense. When someone else is piloting, landing doesn’t bother me at all though. I’m sure with practice it gets easier and who knows, maybe someday I’ll go back and do it all over again and get my certificate.
So Dopers, why aren’t you a pilot? What’s holding you back? I bet many of you could afford it if you were truly motivated. It’s not ridiculously expensive. You already spend money on computers at the very least. You could come up with $5K, if you wanted to.
So tell me, why aren’t you a pilot?
If you don’t mind, tell me your age & gender & if that has anything to do with it.
Would a Moller Skycar, if it worked as advertised, make you more likely to fly, and if so, why? Why aren’t you already flying small planes?