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    EU Works On Plan For Personal Easy-To-Use Helicopters

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    The European Union is working together with six different research institutions on developing a personal helicopter that will ease the traffic congestion problems in crowded urban areas. With a four point seven million dollar grant from the European government, the MyCopter project is getting off the ground with tests of flying systems for people with no previous piloting experience.

    The European Union is working together with six different research institutions on developing a personal helicopter that will ease the traffic congestion problems in crowded urban areas.

    With the equivalent of approximately a four and a half million dollar grant from the European Commission, the MyCopter project is getting off the ground with tests of flying simulation systems for people with no previous piloting experience.

    Heinrich H. Bülthoff, director of perception, cognition and action at the Max Planck Institute who first started the project is quoted as saying: “There’s a longstanding dream of flying cars, and there have been many proposals and attempts over the years, but there are still a lot of problems to solve before one can actually build such a flying car and get it to work.”

    According to the MyCopter website, the project is exploring not only technological developments in flying, but also social, environmental, and logistical effects of making mainstream air travel a thing of the future.

    In order to cover all these bases, several institutes across Europe including the Max Planck Institute, the University of Liverpool, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis in Karlsruhe, Germany and the DLR German Aerospace Center are all researching different aspects of the MyCopter project.