interesting concept, but i'm skeptical that the ordinary citizen would be able to handle (or have time for) the added physics lessons. imagine the amount of time it would take the average would-be driver to get the necessary motorcycle, automobile, helicopter and airplane licensing/training needed to pilot one of these things.
i would see mandated public transportation catching on before this type of personal transport. YMMV.
"After a brief hold at the taxiway, you roll onto runway 27 and head skyward. Within minutes, you're at altitude, clear skies, stereo on, a grin from ear to ear. As you approach the metro center, your music stops and ATC advises you to enter a holding pattern 12 miles to the NW. You join a line of 2,745 "PALs" flying in circles, awaiting their chance to enter the metro airspace and land. Suddenly, in your rear view mirror, you notice your "PAL" behind you is bent over, head just below the dash, apparently reaching for his dropped Eggamuffin. Before you can react, he's crashed into your rear, and you both spiral downward, streaming smoke and debris. Above you, the remaining 2,743 "PALs" breathe a sigh of relief, knowing their hold time has been reduced to only 2 hours and 18 minutes." If only gravity hadn't overcome his back brake...
Don't you realize that most private-plane crashes are from left-turning 767s in front of the Innocent Pilot? And all one of those commercial pilots has to do to get out of a ticket is claim "My Radar didn't register him!"
Nobody in the US will buy that thing unless they ditch that Jap engine and add an American-made narrow-angle V-twin, some ape-hangers with tassels and skulls on the handgrips, forward controls, leather saddlebags with fringe and conchas, and chrome the whole damn thing.
All we need is for ANY one to be able to fly ANY time. Imagine all the crap falling out of the sky on a regular basis... cigarette butts, empty Big Mac containers, condom wrappers..... in L.A., exended 9mm brass....
It is absolutely amazing - while looking for the Ozzy vid, I discovered that socko is (was!) a member of another online-community. Only, he went by the name "TraitorBasher" on the JREF boards. Just read through a little bit of this (5-6 pages should convince) - does this not absolutely reek of socko's lopsided logic and irrational thought-processes? Or is it that EVERY psychopath out there is exactly the same?