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Flying Cars in Spain
by Tyson on Thursday, December 05, 2013
A Ferrari that flies
Carlos Matilla, a Spanish aeronautical engineer, is developing a flying car that’s expected to take to the skies in a year and a half. Matilla says he just needs 2 million Euros to put together the prototype being described as 100% Spanish.
Much like a helicopter, it will be able to take off and land vertically on any flat surface, even from the back yard of a home – in fact the name of the vehicle is Helikar. It will accommodate up to 2 passengers and reach speeds of 430 km/h and heights of 3,000 meters, travelling up to 1,000 km without having to refuel.
Matilla began work on the project 4 years ago and later joined forces with fellow engineer José Joaquín Vila to create the Spanish aeronautical company FuVex to continue carrying out work on the project.
Take one look at the sporty-space age design and there is no denying that arriving to a party or a job interview in a Helikar would make an indelible impression on any observer, particularly if appearing on the scene from the sky.
Matilla likens Helikar to “a Ferrari that flies”, and points out that it’s “even faster than a Formula 1 race car”… read more »
by Matthew Walters on Thursday, November 28, 2013
Language Learning A report published this month by the British Council, entitled Languages for the Future , has confirmed what most linguists and anyone who takes an interest in languages were thinking: Spanish is the best language for the UK population to learn . With an overall ‘score’ of 76, it easily surpasses Arabic (54), which takes second place, and French, Mandarin Chinese and German making up the top five… read more »
by Abigail on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Spanish Art: Broadening your cultural horizons Although stereotypically associated with sun, sea and sand, Spain offers much more than just a summer glow. From Velázquez to Dalí, Ribera to Miró and El Greco to Picasso, Spain has produced some of history’s most influential, revolutionary and highly-esteemed artists. So why not mix things up this year during your holiday to Spain and replace a day of soaking up the rays with a day of cultural enrichment!? In alphabetical rather than preferential order, the featured Top Ten Spanish Museums below will simply give you a taster of a country proud to exhibit and celebrate the enduring talents of its internationally-acclaimed artists… read more »
by Tyson on Thursday, November 14, 2013
Besides Spain’s Royal Spanish Academy, there are 21 other official Spanish academies around the world that promote and regulate the Spanish language, including the US’s misleadingly named North American Academy of Spanish ( Academia Norteamericana de la lengua española , known by its initials ANLE ). … read more »
by Tyson on Thursday, November 07, 2013
Spanish Language Rules The Royal Spanish Academy ( Real Academia Española or RAE in Spanish) was created in Spain in 1713 to regulate the Spanish language. The academy’s existence today, still based in Spain, often seems to generate more questions than answers. Should Spanish speakers outside of Spain adhere to the language rules dictated by the Spanish academy? How do academicians decide what words and grammar rules to accept? Why have only 8 women been elected to seats in its 300 year history?… read more »