Skip the airport – just hop in your e-jet and fly!

By 2018, owning your own battery-powered VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) two-seater could be one step closer to reality.  That’s the plan for the Lilium Jet, being developed in Germany under the auspices of the European Space Agency.  This Jetsons-looking aircraft sports “fly-by-wire” joystick controls, retractable landing gear and gull-wing doors.  Its developers claim it will have a top speed of 250 miles per hour and could be available to the public as soon as 2018.  Designed for daytime recreational flying, it’s quieter – and safer – than a helicopter, thanks to its battery-powered ducted fan motors and intelligent, computer-controlled takeoffs and landings. And pricing, according to its developers, will be far less than similar-sized aircraft.