Learning English

Inspiring language learning since 1943

English Change language

Lingohack

Intermediate level

Flying car

Episode 220525 / 25 May 2022

The story…

Flying car

Learn language related to…

retail

Need-to-know language…

model – a design or type of product

processing – dealing with

licensed – given official permission

orders – requests for goods

bring (something) to market – make something available to buy

Answer this…

How long does it take to turn the plane into a car?

Transcript

For as long as there have been cars and planes, someone has been trying to combine the two. This Italian model was built in the 1940s. 

The trouble is, they've never been really practical, but now things could be about to change.

Andy Wall, Sales Director, PAL-V
So, we had to stop dreaming, and we are now at the very last stage of processing the regulations within permissions for flight with this vehicle. So… It's getting so close.

The PAL-V Liberty is made by a Dutch company which is nearing the end of the long process to get everything licensed and approved. 

The question is, who is going to buy one? Well, they've already got lots of orders

Marco van den Bosch, Chief Commercial Officer, PAL-V
This is the fastest way to become a pilot. So, there's always a small James Bond seat in every heart of every guy and every girl, so that's where we're selling to.

It takes less than 10 minutes to turn it from a plane to a car. You could land it at any airfield and then drive home.

If you want to buy one of these, it’s going to cost you €300,000. It sounds a lot, but probably a snip if you want to be at the forefront of what they're promising will be a new motoring and aviation revolution.

You’ll need a private pilot's licence [in the UK], but you can learn both here in Coventry and in Oxford. 

There have been many false starts in bringing a flying plane to market. Next year, they reckon, is when you may see one driving along a street near you.

Did you get it?

How long does it take to turn the plane into a car?

According to Marco van den Bosch, it takes 10 minutes.

Latest Lingohack

  • Flying car

    Flying car

    Episode 220525 / 25 May 2022

    Language related to retail: model, processing, licensed, orders, bring (something) to market.

  • Pigs on patrol

    Pigs on patrol

    Episode 220511 / 11 May 2022

    Learn language related to farming: scarecrow, harvest, crop, soil, fertile

  • ‘Extinct’ fish returns to the wild

    ‘Extinct’ fish returns to the wild

    Episode 220504 / 04 May 2022

    Learn language related to disappearing and reappearing: missing, under the radar, bringing (something) back, recovering, making a comeback

  • Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic

    Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic

    Episode 220427 / 27 Apr 2022

    Learn language related to shipwrecks: preserved, construction, pristine, portholes, raised

  • How to make people like robots

    How to make people like robots

    Episode 220420 / 20 Apr 2022

    Learn language related to behaviour: playful, curious, sociable, interact, accept

  • Hope for people with diabetes

    Hope for people with diabetes

    Episode 220413 / 13 Apr 2022

    Learn vocabulary related to medical treatment: trial, monitors, game changer, quality of life, stabilised.

  • First woman of colour completes a solo expedition across Antarctica

    First woman of colour completes a solo expedition across Antarctica

    Episode 220406 / 06 Apr 2022

    Learn language related to physical challenges: comfort zone, gruelling, toughest, reservations, hardships

  • Going for gold in e-waste

    Going for gold in e-waste

    Episode 220330 / 30 Mar 2022

    Learn language related to chemical process: components, extract, heated, end result, recover

  • A family’s hope of ending discrimination

    A family’s hope of ending discrimination

    Episode 220316 / 09 Mar 2022

    Learn language related to discrimination: to face, bullying, uniqueness, educate, stigma.

  • Recycling food waste

    Recycling food waste

    Episode 220309 / 09 Mar 2022

    Learn language related to sustainability: deal with, breaks down, organic matter, sustainable, pathogens

  • Ancient bone found in the Thames

    Ancient bone found in the Thames

    Episode 220302 / 23 Feb 2022

    Learn language related to rivers: lurking, shallows, causeway, low tide, mudflats

  • Britain's lost Lego

    Britain's lost Lego

    Episode 220223 / 23 Feb 2022

    Learn language related to the beach and the ocean: wash up, shoreline, off the coast, ocean currents, tide

  • Boxing to beat Parkinson’s disease

    Boxing to beat Parkinson’s disease

    Episode 220216 / 16 Feb 2022

    Learn language related to health and lifestyle: quality of life, rock bottom, medical intervention, exercise-orientated therapy, back on its feet

  • Out-of-hours work ban

    Out-of-hours work ban

    Episode 220209 / 09 Feb 2022

    Learn language related to work: civil servant, job, boss, normal hours, private sector.

  • Electric buses: greener public transport

    Electric buses: greener public transport

    Episode 220202 / 27 Jan 2022

    Learn language related to buses: chugging, double-decker, secreted, cabin, range

  • Reducing construction waste

    Reducing construction waste

    Episode 220126 / 26 Jan 2022

    Learn language related to construction: wooden pallets, skip, manufacturing, supply chain, building site

  • Following whales round the Southern Ocean

    Following whales round the Southern Ocean

    Episode 220119 / 19 Jan 2022

    Learn language related to researching animals: conducted, tags, track, migrations, transmitting

  • Robotic surgery

    Robotic surgery

    Episode 220112 / 12 Jan 2022

    Learn language related to surgery: operation, medical field, patient, surgeons, keyhole surgery

  • Protecting seahorses

    Protecting seahorses

    Episode 220105 / 05 Jan 2022

    Learn language related to sea and boats: teeming with (life), mooring chains, seabed, tide, seafarers

  • How tourism and science work together in Antarctica

    How tourism and science work together in Antarctica

    Episode 180522 / 18 May 2022

    Learn language related to behaviour: alluring, remote, expedition, ambassadors, fragile