AirCar makes its first flight between cities


Many companies are working on flying cars for many years. We are seen some of the models including Hyundai, Uber’s recently. Most of the vehicle models are look like large manned drones or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) are currently in the development stage. But now a Slovakian companies prototype that just achieved a major milestone, which literally can call a flying car.

A Slovakian company known as Klein Vision recently completed its first inter-city flight between the Nitra and Bratislava airports and it was a grand success. At the end of the 35-minute journey, the vehicle’s inventor, professor Stefan Klein, clicked a button to fold its wings and drove the car away to his home straight from the tarmac.

The company has been working on its hybrid aircraft for more than 30 years. With 142 successful landings and over 40 hours of test flights under its belt, Klein is convinced that his third prototype is ready to leap past the concept stage. As part of its latest breakthrough, the two-seater AirCar reached a cruising speed of 170km/h, slightly below the max 190km/h. Klein says the car has flown at 8200 ft and achieved steep 45 degree turns as part of its maneuverability testing. The AirCar requires a runway for takeoff and landing.

The current AirCar is equipped with a 160HP BMW engine with a fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute. Klein has claims the next version, which is a 300HP pre-production model will receive the CS-23 aircraft certification for normal, utility, aerobatic, and commuter aeroplanes from European aviation regulators, along with an M1 road permit.

Source: Engadget