NH wants to promote roadable aircraft in the state
Hoping flying cars will ease transportation needs
Live free and fly say New Hampshire lawmakers. The state has just passed a new law that lets flying cars loose on public roads. Or at least makes it easier to drive your flying car around on the ground, the air is still the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The act, House Bill 1182, establishes a commission to “study the on road usage of non-traditional motor vehicle.” In this case, that means letting airplanes with foldable wings, which they call roadable aircraft but are better known as flying cars, drive on the state’s roads, though it also applies to ATVs and golf carts.
Included in the rules are “any aircraft capable of taking off and landing from a suitable airfield which is also designed to be driven on public roadways as a conveyance.” The flying cars will be able to be registered for the road as long as they have a valid aircraft registration and inspection.
There will be restrictions on road use, and take-off or landing on a roadway isn’t allowed unless there is an emergency. The vehicles will be ID’d by their FAA tail number rather than a license plate on the rear.
If you’re wondering why New Hampshire is making this odd-seeming rule, it’s because the state has been trying to stay at the forefront of the flying car, encouraging companies developing the technology, like Terrafugia, Samson, and PAL-V to test and design in the state, which could bring jobs if the car as plane catches on.