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While there is a great deal of dispute about who invented the aeroplane, there is no doubt as to the effect that it has had on life in general. From the assisted lift craft of the Victorian age, to the wild prototype planes of the pulp age, into the personal aerocraft of the modern age, flight has changed the world.

The modern personal plane is usually a 1-4 seater (permits dictate single, double, and quad seating as being the three categories of personal aerocraft, with anything higher requiring commercial licences) with a single or double engine, water or ground landing, foldable wings, ground/water power, and either a breakaway cockpit with parachute, or a parachute capable of safely lowering the entire craft in emergency. Navigation is generally done by following the highway systems, though there are navigation beacons for some cross-country routes, depending upon the country and the regular traffic. Personal aerocraft are not allowed at commercial altitudes, nor are they allowed in the airspace ‘surrounding commercial airports.

Since most personal aerocraft are designed to land on water or land, and to do so in fairly small distances and widths compared to commercial aerocraft, city designs, especially in areas away from other cities, tend to incorporate landing strips in unusual areas. These are plainly marked with stand symbols that allow them to be easily IDed from the air, and with the advent of GPS, have become part at almost all standard GPS apps.

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