“Cora is an electric ‘sky Uber drone’ from Google’s Larry Page and Sebastian Thrun, 2021 New Zealand launch plan” (electrek) shows a machine that can handle the roles of airplane or helicopter without depending on a human pilot or gasoline. Though it is still in development, I wonder if this means we should be thinking about shutting down flight schools. Despite the roughly $1 trillion spent by NASA plus a lot of R&D dollars spent by traditional certified aircraft manufacturers worldwide, we’re not that far from the 1930s when it comes to passenger-carrying airplanes and helicopters.
What do readers think? Will this kill interest in the Cessna 172, Robinson R44, and similar hands-directly-connected-to-flight-controls machines? Personally I would consider it a huge advance if the electric motors and relatively modest cruise speed means that Cora lacks the deafening interior noise and bone-shaking vibration of a piston-powered light aircraft.