Klein Vision’s AirCar prototype gets approval to fly as it gets a Certificate of Airworthiness from the Slovak Transport Authority after completing 70 hours of flight testing assigned by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Slovakian flying car maker will soon be able to mass-produce the AirCar.
Earlier last year yet another flying car manufacturer Terrafugia’s Transition flying car received its Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Both the flying cars are identical as they both have two-seater flying cars and are powered by gasoline-fed internal combustion engines, though with a few differences in the styling.
AirCar started taking shape in 2017, and by the year 2021, AirCar completed its 35-minute test flight between two international airports (from Nida to Bratislava). It has also completed over 40 hours of test flights under the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) supervision. During its journey, the AirCar performed steep 45 degree turns, climbed up to 8200 feet, and achieved a maximum cruising speed of 118 mph (190 kph).Terrafugia’s flying car resembles a Piper-Arrow Tomahawk low-wing training aircraft with four wheels. While the AirCar is like a combination of a sports coupe and a small airplane with four wheels. It also features folding wings which you can deploy when you hit the skies.
According to Prof. Stefan Klein, inventor, development team leader, and test pilot of AirCar, “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.”
Klein Vision’s AirCar Prototype is powered by a 1.6-liter BMW gas engine that produces 139 horsepower, allowing you to land at the nearest fuel pump to fill up your flying car with petrol. The company is also working on a new lighter version in close coordination with Adept Airmotive, this flying car will have a more powerful engine for a new monocoque prototype with a variable-pitch propeller. It can reach speeds up to 186 mph (300 kph) and a 621-mile (1,000 km) range. Klein Vision is also working on a four-seater amphibious “flying boat”.
You can expect to see the AirCar in the skies of the Slovak Republic soon with the company plans to bring an upgraded model pre-approved for flight in about a year and production commencing by early to mid-2023.
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