A futuristic flying car has been given the green light to take to the skies. The aircar which took 20 years to develop has passed the rigorous safety test and will set off for its first journey next year.
The car has been awarded an official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority in tests compatible with the European Aviation Safety Agency, meaning it can be flown in EU nations.
The tests include more than 200 take-offs and landings. As they cover the full range of flight and performance maneuvers and demonstrate static and dynamic stability in the aircraft model.
The car-o-plane has completed 70 hours of flight tests with 200 takeoffs and landings to be cleared by authorities.
The Model Details
Able to reach an altitude of 8,000 feet and reach speeds of more than 160kph, the first vehicle weighs 1,100 kilograms and can carry a load of 200kg.
The two-seater AirCar has a single propellor. It uses a BMW engine and can reach a height of 8,000ft and speeds of 100mph.
Testimonials By The Founders
“50 years ago, the car was the epitome of freedom,” says Anton Zajac, the project co-founder. “AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next dimension; where the road meets the sky.”
“With Aircar you will arrive at your destination without the hassle of getting a ride to the airport and passing through commercial security. You can drive your AirCar to the golf course, the office, the mall, or your hotel and park it in a normal parking space.”
“AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars. It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever,” said Stefan Klein, the inventor and test pilot, who led the development team.
Project co-founder Anton Zajac added: “AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next dimension, where the road meets the sky. We do have plans to fly to London from Paris soon.”
Rene Molnar director of Slovak Transport Authority said: “Transportation safety is our highest priority.
“It defines a new category of a sports car and a reliable aircraft. Its certification was both a challenging and fascinating task.”
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