Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

Jetson Style Commuter Plane?

12 January 2008

I was on eBay this morning and the front page was advertising the commuter plane prototype.  The plane appeared to be designed to hold at most 2 people but maybe 4, it was hard to tell.

What I don’t understand is what is this plane accomplishing?  Yes, it will cut down travel time for the commuter meaning you can live farther from the city and still work there. 

But does it help the average person?  I’m going to say at least right now, no not really.  Granted I don’t know much about this plane but when it comes out, just like all technology it will be EXPENSIVE.  So the average person will not be able to afford the plane right away.  Fuel wise I don’t know what it runs on.  But if it is gas, there is another major problem.  Gas, a non renewable resource, is already expensive and being put into vehicles, many of which only get 10-15 miles per a gallon.  A plane gets substantially less gas milage and will therefore suck down more gas, making it an uneconomical way to travel.

Now on to air traffic.  Right now we have hundreds of large jets and air planes in the air and they need to be directed by air traffic control.  And they can’t be flown in bad weather.  A commuter plane would have many of the same problems.  As time goes on more people would be using these commuter planes, at least in theory.  Therefore there would be more traffic.

Now we have all seen drivers on the cell phone, either texting or calling people, on a lap top, reading, doing make up or other potentially hazardous activities during driving.   Do we really want inattentive people in the air where they can cause more accidents, that are much more dangerous?

In the Jetson’s commuter planes were widely used.  Right now I don’t think the world is ready for commuter planes.  I don’t think the TV cartoon concept was thoroughly thought about before scientists and inventors tried to make it a reality.  We are just moving the traffic problem into the sky where it will be more dangerous if there are collisions.

Maybe I am missing information on this plane.  If anyone can offer me more information, please do.  I will gladly correct anything I have said if that information changes it.


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  1. * WC says:

    The way people drive their cars, I can never see this happening. Talk about total chaos. With no signs or set lanes it would be a disaster. Watching the Jetson’s makes you think it would be very cool and convenient but living in our world with real people lets you know it could never work. I can see a sixteen year old sipping his Starbucks, texting and flying his commuter plane. Yikes!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  2. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    It does seem cool on TV but unfortunately cartoons are nothing like real life and it seems more like a hazard. Cars are already extremely dangerous. Planes would be even more dangerous. If there is a collision, you are falling from the sky. After all planes won’t just float if they are hit or break down.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  3. * Ch. Nguyen says:

    The only thing that I agree with the original poster of the article is that the airplane may not be for an average person. In fact, it may not be suiteable for most people. However, I think there is still a market for this commuter airplane just like there are markets for Lamborghini, Mercedes McLaren, Farrari, Roll Royce, etc…, and I am pretty sure that these “toys” are not “cheap” and do not have good mileage (HUUUUUMER – H2) either. For other issues such as ages to fly the plane, speed to fly, licenses to fly, gas mileage, “airways” (I am sure that the FAA will figure out how to define multiple airways that people have to follow if there are enough taxes collected for the sales of the planes and licenses), etc… can be dealt easily just like for the existing vehicles with the current (maybe new) rules, regulations, technologies (GPS, tracking system); i.e. a person can obtain a driving license at a certain age, heavy fines for drunk drivers, certain speeds at certain zones, driving on a lane of a freeway and not on the emergency parking lanes, entering/exiting a freeway at certain locations, etc…
    In short, I think that all the issues can be solved with current technologies, and I strongly believe that there is a market for it.

    “I may be a dreamer, but I am not the only one …” ;=)


    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  4. * Ch. Nguyen says:


    “With AV fuel prices on the rise – this efficient design is now approaching 50 mpg. With a few extra aerodynamic improvements we hope to surpass the proven economy cruise of 115 mph at 2.5 gallons per hour. ” from the following website.

    Of course, it is from a different airplane.
    Actually, it’s much better than I thought before!


    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  5. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    There is definitely a market, especially among the rich. I know the government can do a lot of regulating, but unless it is enforced it is meaningless. Massachusetts has an Blue Book of laws but none of them are enforced. A law is meaningless unless it is enforced. If these do come out for sale in approximately a year, which is when I think the projected time for release is, not only will it cost the government a large amount of money but the regulations have to be made in advanced so people know the laws and the issues have a resolution before they happen, not after.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  6. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    Thank you for the information on the gas milage!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago

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