On June 28, the vehicle completed a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava, marking a significant development milestone.
Flying automobiles have always caught our collective imagination, whether in famous cartoons from the 1990s (like Jetsons) or in any sci-fi film set in the future. Since the last few years, prototypes and test flights have been in order, but none have been able to complete a long-distance flight. The AirCar is the first flying car to achieve this feat.
AirCar is a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle that is on the verge of becoming a commercial vehicle. On June 28, the vehicle completed a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava, marking a significant development milestone.
Klein Vision owns the patent for the AirCar. On June 28, it made its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava. The car can turn into a machine that could be classified as a huge sports car as soon as it arrives back on the ground. According to the company, the shift from a plane to an automobile takes less than three minutes. Professor Stefan Klein and Anton Zajac, the car’s creators, drove it to downtown Bratislava, slashing the average trip time by a factor of two.
The AirCar Prototype 1 has a fixed-propeller BMW engine with 160 horsepower and a ballistic parachute. The AirCar, according to the business, has undergone more than 40 hours of test flights under the supervision of the local Civil Aviation Authority, including sharp 45-degree turns, stability, and maneuverability testing.
AirCar Prototype 2, the pre-production variant, will be powered by a 300 horsepower engine and will be certified by EASA as a CS-23 aircraft with an M1 road permit. Prototype 2 is expected to have a cruise speed of 300km/h (162kt) and a range of 1000km thanks to its variable pitch propeller.
Dr. Branko Sarh, Boeing Co. Senior Technical Fellow, commented, “Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the creation of user-friendly Flying Car.” “The automated transition from a road vehicle to an air vehicle and vice versa, including the deployment and retracting of wings and tails, is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit, and courage; it is also the result of excellent engineering and professionalism,” he added.
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