The hybrid car and plane successfully completed the first 35-minute intercity flight between two Slovak airports, Nitra and Bratislava, on June 28.
Known as an air car, this new vehicle relies on a 160-horsepower BMW engine with a fixed propeller and an emergency landing parachute.
The prototype was created by Klein Vision, a company founded by Slovak-based Stefan Klein. He has spent the last 20 years of his life realizing the sci-fi dreams of flying cars.
Klein told reporters that the flight experience was “normal” and “very enjoyable.” BBC..
During the flight, the vehicle is reported to have reached a cruising speed of approximately 105 mph and an altitude of 8200 feet.
Travel time is cut in half because it takes less than three minutes for the car to return to the sports car.
The flying car made 142 landings and recorded more than 40 hours of flight. Although not yet on the market, Klein believes the car is ready to go through the concept phase.
“Professor Stephen Crane is a world leader in the development of easy-to-use flying cars,” said Dr. Blancoser, senior technical fellow at Boeing. “The automatic transition from road vehicles to aircraft, and vice versa, wing and tail deployment / storage is not just the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit and courage. It is good engineering and expertise. It’s the result of, “he added.
AirCar performed 45 degree sharp turns and stability and maneuverability tests during a 40-hour test flight.
The prototype AirCar Prototype 2 is equipped with a 300 horsepower engine and is EASACS-23 aircraft certified with an M1 road permit. Prototype 2 with a variable-pitch propeller is expected to have a cruising speed of 186 mph and a range of 621 mph.
“This flight marks a new era of dual-transport vehicles. After leaving Bratislava’s AirCar cockpit, Klein said:” The AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept. At a speed of 100kt. Flying at 8,200 feet has made science fiction a reality, “added Klein Vision co-founder Anton Zajac.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.