The AirCar from the company Klein Vision has received the official operating license from the Slovakian Aviation Authority. As a result, the car is not only allowed to take part in road traffic, but also to take part in air traffic as a flying object. This brings the production of airworthy vehicles a significant step forward. A total of 70 hours of flight testing was carried out with the AirCar, the next step is the further development of a new prototype and finally a series model.
160 km/h at 2500 m altitude – ready to go within 3 minutes
The system needs less than 3 minutes so that the car can transform itself into an airplane. Then you can start or runway being blown up. In the current configuration, with a 160 hp BMW petrol engine, a top speed of over 160 km/h can be reached at an altitude of 2500 meters. The first AirCar prototype is a two-seater and weighs 1000 kilograms with its extendable wings.
In June 2021, the first flight between two cities was carried out with the means of transport. The AirCar flew from Nitra to Bratislava within 35 minutes. The start and end point were the two airports. If an incident occurs at high altitude, the AirCar has a parachute that allows the entire flying object and its occupants to come down safely to the ground.
Production model to be tested in 2022
The planned series model, which is based on the AirCar, is scheduled to enter the test phase this year. The new prototype will be equipped with a new engine. It should have 300 hp and thus enable a cruising speed of 300 km/h with a range of 1000 km. The series model, which will have a monocoque construction, is to be certified after testing in 2023.
Flying cars as a future perspective in medium-haul transport?
The certification “opens the door to the mass production of very efficient flying cars,” according to Stefan Klein, one of the founders of Klein Vision, in the company’s statement. It’s something that will forever change medium-haul travel,” he continued.
Boeing shows that urban air mobility is also of great interest to the leaders of the aviation industry. The aircraft manufacturer wants to invest $450 million to build a fully autonomous, all-electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) air taxi. The difference to the AirCar is that the VTOL flying objects work in a similar way to a helicopter and therefore do not have a dedicated start or return position. need runway. As the name suggests, you can take off and land vertically.
Klein Vision does not see itself in competition with VTOL aircraft, as the AirCar offers a longer range and higher cruising speeds. The company believes that both will be used side by side for different purposes.