Six months after completing its first intercity flight, the futuristic Slovakian flying car appropriately named AirCar has finally been with a certificate of airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, making it a step closer towards production. While most of the recent flying car concepts have adopted the multi-copter form, the AirCar has stuck with the idea of a traditional car that can transform into an aircraft without much hassle. Created by a company named Klein Vision, the AirCar takes only two minutes and 15 seconds to change from a sports car to a light aircraft capable of hitting speeds over 100mph and altitudes above 8,000ft (2,500m). All it takes is pressing a button and the flying car transforms all by itself – something that was demonstrated by the company by a YouTube video last year.
According to Klein Vision, the certification was issued after AirCar successfully completed 70 hours of flight testing and more than 200 take-offs and landings. “AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars,” said Prof Stefan Klein, AirCar’s creator. “It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.” The AirCar is designed to look like a sleek sports car and is powered by a BMW engine and runs on regular fuel-station gasoline. Back in June, AirCar completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia, making history. Prof. Klein soon wants to complete a flight between Paris and London in the AirCar, which doesn’t sound like a farfetched dream anymore! And if everything goes to plan, the Slovakian genius claims the AirCar will go into production in the next 12 months.
[Via: New Atlas]