It’s official: Klein Vision’s futuristic flying car has been given the green light.
The simply named AirCar was recently awarded an official certificate of airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority after completing 70 hours of rigorous testing.
The hybrid vehicle – partly aircraft, partly car – successfully made more than 200 take-offs and landings, all of which complied with European Aviation Safety Agency standards, according to a statement released on Monday.
Klein Vision said the aircraft showed astonishing stability during the challenging test flights. It was even able to take off and land without the pilot touching the controls. In other words, it went with brilliance.
To summarize, Professor Stefan Klein and his named company have been working on AirCar for more than 30 years and have provided a number of different prototypes to date. AirCar, which achieved the crucial certification milestone known as the Prototype 1, has a petrol-powered 1.6-liter BMW engine with a good capacity of 160 hp along with a fixed propeller that gives a little more grunt. It can reportedly fly up to 8,200 feet with a top speed of 118 mph.
In addition, the transformer-like two-seater can transform from a sports car into a plane in just two minutes and 15 seconds. This was demonstrated in June last year, when Klein completed a 35-minute flight between Slovakia’s Nitra and Bratislava airports in prototype 1. After landing safely, the professor withdrew his wings at the touch of a button and drove the car into the city. center. The company claims that this halved the typical travel time. It is worth noting that you will need a pilot certificate to manage this baby.
“AirCar certification opens the door to mass production of highly efficient flying vehicles,” Klein said in a statement. “It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change long-distance travel forever.”
Klein Visions hopes to have the first AirCar commercially available within a year. It also has a more powerful version in the pipeline, which has an estimated top speed of 186 mph and a range of 621 miles. That model is expected to be certified in 12 months.
It looks like 2023 will be a big year for flying cars.