A flying car makes its first flight between two cities in Slovakia

Par thierno - 19 July, 2021 - 21:53

The AirCar, Klein Vision's flying car, connected Nitra airport to Bratislava airport in 35 minutes. Connecting these two cities in Slovakia was a first for this flying car that transforms in less than three minutes.

The flying car from Klein Vision connected Nitra airport to Bratislava international airport. A 35-minute flight made on June 28, 2021, which was followed by a time of driving on the road using the same machine. Klein Vision assures that the flying car realized on this occasion its 142nd landing.

FROM CAR TO AIRCRAFT IN 3 MINUTES

This funny machine transforms from a ground vehicle to a flying vehicle in less than three minutes. All you have to do is press a button to retract or extend the wings. The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160 HP BMW engine and the next generation, the AirCar Prototype 2 which will be the pre-production model, will be equipped with a 300 HP engine.

Klein Vision assures that this aircraft will obtain the EASA CS-23 certification (certification for industrially produced light aircraft) and will meet all the criteria of the M1 category for road traffic.

Stefan Klein, the company's co-founder and CEO, has been working on this type of aircraft for over 30 years. He decided to found his own start-up in 2017 with Anton Zajac. Since then, the AirCar has already completed nearly 40 hours of test flights including 45° turns and stability and handling tests. The Slovakian start-up assures that the stability and handling of the AirCar is accessible to any pilot.

This aircraft is quite atypical and its shape is far from that of VTOLs, these vertical take-off and landing aircraft, which are designed for urban air mobility. The AirCar is reminiscent of Pop Up, a concept presented by Audi and Airbus that included a car that could be hooked up to a drone to launch itself into the air. But the two partners didn't go beyond presenting a scaled-down prototype.

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