After completing 70 hours of flight testing, AirCar (V5) — a flying car developed by Klein Vision has got the greenlight to take flight in Slovakia.
All our dreams of roaring the engine and instantly hitting the skies are finally about the come true! A flying car has recently received the official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, after completing 70 hours of ‘rigorous flight testing’ and more than 200 take-offs and landings. Developed by the Slovakian company Klein Vision, the AirCar (V5) takes two minutes and 15 seconds to convert from a car to a small aircraft.
One would, however, require a pilot’s license to take off in the hybrid car-aircraft. Equipped with a 1.6L BMW engine and designed to run on regular gas-station fuel, it is capable of hitting speeds over 100 mph (160 kmh) and altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,500 m).
A team of eight specialists worked judiciously for over 1,00,000 hours to develop mathematical models out of design concepts before finally producing the prototype. It had finished a 35-minute flight between Nitra and Bratislava airports in Slovakia in June 2021. Now with the official certification, the door to mass production has been opened. “It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever,” says Professor Stefan Klein, Founder, Klein Vision. The company is planning to fly to London from Paris next, says a BBC report.
A few similar models in development are hinting at flying cars becoming a part of our lives in near future. The list includes the PAL-V Liberty, a gyroplane-cum-car from Netherlands-based firm PAL-V that has received a nod from EASA, the Transition vehicle by the US-based firm Terrafugia that obtained an FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Airworthiness Certificate, and more.