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FrontRunners: One Up

While Terrafugia has been readying the Transition flying car in Massachusetts, another company in the Netherlands has been developing its own flying car. This fall, after 13 years of R & D, the PAL-V One (www.pal-v​.com) will be offered for presale for $395,000. In 10 minutes, the two-seat three-wheeler converts from a road-going vehicle that handles like a motorcycle to a gyrocopter designed to cruise below 4,000 feet. Its rotary wing, which folds and unfolds semiautomatically, is unpowered; the forward motion of the vehicle, which can reach 112 mph, spins the wing to provide lift. Flying the PAL-V One requires a sport-pilot certificate.