PAL-V Europe NV
PAL-V Europe NV started in 2001 to design a roadable aircraft. It evaluated many potential technologies and created numerous concepts in cooperation with research institutes and universities. The most important breakthrough was the maturing of the DVC tilting technology in 2005. This brought into reach the design of a real flying car instead of a roadable aircraft. This technology allowed for safe driving without compromises while having a high centre of gravity and a narrow aerodynamic shape necessary for flying. A “flying car” concept.
Having designed and patented their findings and concepts, PAL-V Europe NV hired a team of engineers with automotive, aviation and motorcycle backgrounds and started the engineering of its proof-of-concept prototypes. Partners were selected and contracted for several system elements. This led to the first flight of PAL-V’s proof-of-concept prototype in 2012.
Since then the company entered the next phase of development, engineering the first commercial version, optimizing the design, and starting up production. This was to result in the market launch of the first model: the PAL-V ONE.