Flying car completes test flight between airports

A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between Nitra International Airport and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The hybrid and aircraft Air Cars are powered by BMW engines and run on regular gasoline pump fuel.

Its creator, Professor Stephen Crane, said he could fly about 1,000 km (600 miles) at a height of 8,200 feet (2,500 m) and had recorded 40 hours in the air so far.

It takes 2 minutes and 15 seconds to change from a car to an aircraft.

‘Very fun’

The narrow wings fold along the sides of the car.

Professor Klein drove straight from the runway to the town on arrival, under the watchful eye of an invited reporter.

He described his early Monday morning experience as “normal” and “very fun.”

In the air, the vehicle reached a cruising speed of 170 km / h.

A total weight limit of 200 kg (31 stones) can accommodate two people.

However, unlike the drone taxi prototype, it cannot take off and land vertically and requires a runway.

Great expectations are placed on the early markets for flying cars, which have long been foretold in popular culture as a visionary landmark of the future.

2019, Consultant company Morgan Stanley The sector is projected to be worth $ 1.5 trillion (£ 1 trillion) by 2040.

And at an industry event on Tuesday, Hyundai Motors Europe CEO Michael Cole We called the concept “a part of our future.”

This is seen as a potential solution to the burden of existing transportation infrastructure.

“Huge market”

According to Klein Vision, the company behind AirCar, it took about two years to develop the prototype, with an investment of “less than € 2 million” (£ 1.7 million).

Anton Zajac, advisor and investor at KleinVision, said it would be a huge success if the company could attract even a small percentage of global airline and taxi sales.

“There are orders for about 40,000 aircraft in the United States alone,” he said.

“And converting to convert 5% of them into flying car aircraft creates a huge market.”

“Very cool”

Dr. Steven Wright, a senior researcher in aeroelectronics and aircraft at the Western University of the United Kingdom, described the AirCar as “the lover of Bugatti Veyron and the Cessna 172.”

And he didn’t think the vehicle was particularly noisy or uneconomical in terms of fuel costs compared to other aircraft.

“I have to admit that this looks really cool, but there are 100 questions about certification,” said Dr. Wright.

“Anyone can build an airplane, but the trick is to carry a person and fly to the end of a million hours without causing an accident.

“I can’t wait to see a piece of paper that says it’s safe to fly and safe to sell.”

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