The Flying Car, a half-car, half-small plane vehicle, managed on Monday, June 28 a 35-minute test flight between Nitra and Bratislava (Slovakia) with its creator Stefan Klein at the controls.
The machine, still in the prototype stage, can carry two occupants and fly 1,000 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 2,500 meters.
The prototypes AirCar flying car successfully connected the Slovak airports of Nitra and Bratislava with a 35-minute flight on Monday 28 June.
The vehicle worthy of a James Bond film is equipped with a BMW heat engine and can accommodate two passengers with a total weight of no more than 200 kg, the BBC says.
Its inventor Stefan Klein said he has already accumulated 40 hours of flight time on board his creation.
Up to 1,000 km of autonomy
The AirCar can operate at a maximum altitude of 2,500 meters and cover a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers non-stop. On the ground, it can travel at a speed of 170 km / h.
Unlike other car-like aircraft, this model is not designed to take off and land vertically. As a small plane, it must therefore use a runway when leaving the ground and then returning to dry land.
The vehicle takes 2 minutes and 15 seconds to enter the flying configuration. This is the time it takes for the wings to deploy or fold up along the cabin.
He lands and rolls away
When he arrived at his destination, Stefan Klein, who had taken control of his machine for this flight, did not leave the cabin. He left the airport on the road and went directly to downtown Bratislava.
Stephen Wright, a British aviation specialist, described the AirCar as the cross between “a Bugatti Veyron and a Cessna 172”. He also wondered about the chances of the vehicle one day obtaining the official authorizations necessary for its marketing.
Stefan Klein for his part clarified that it had taken two years and a little less than 2 million euros for his company, Klein Vision, to develop the prototype.