Flying Cars


A Dutch company, PAL-V, recently showcased its first production model of a 3-wheeled, 2-seat car and gyroplane rolled into one. The PAL-V Liberty is one of several flying cars in development around the world. The innovative company expects to hand keys to its first customers in 2019.

There are a few other companies working to launch similar products. One is U.S.-based Terrafugia, developing The Transition, a folding-wing 2-seater. Another German start up, Lilium, is working on an all-electric vertical take-off-and-landing jet.

PAL-V says their flying car is fast and fuel-efficient. And with a full-leather interior, Italian design, and the way it will look in my driveway, I think I might snag one. (After I win the lottery and am willing to part with $615K.)

Shockingly, experts don’t believe these Dual Mode Sports Vehicles (DMSV) will be a substantial part of the mobility market anytime soon. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working to integrate these new types of technologies into its regulations, so they could be flyin’ about sooner than we think.

An interesting development for sure. But, how does it relate to what you do for a living? Those flying-car driver/pilot types are those same bandwidth-hogging folks who demand more and more connectivity while they are driving, flying, playing, and working. So, you’ve got to keep doin’ what you’re doin’ — and MORE.

Which brings me to my not-so-subtle point. While flying cars may not be on your radar, there are plenty of other things that should be. Whether it’s 5G prep and cell densification or network virtualization, you’ve got to stay relevant in our fast-paced industry. Commit to learn something new and attend ISE EXPO 2018. See the 35+ seminars on page of 34 of the June print and digital issues or visit

You should also head over to the show floor where 200+ new products will be showcased. Sorry, no flying cars this year. Instead, there are plenty of cost-effective tools that will help your network transformation efforts take off. (Get it?)



About Author

Sharon Vollman is Senior Vice President, Editorial Director of ISE magazine. She oversees all editorial processes and staff for ISE magazine, the ISE e-newsletter,, and leads the educational content development for ISE EXPO and several events. Vollman has created educational partnerships with the major communications and entertainment providers including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and Cincinnati Bell. She has covered the telecom industry since 1996, when she joined OSP magazine as editor. Prior to that she worked in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather and CME. Vollman has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from the University of Iowa.

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