via GoodNewsNetwork | Flying Car That Turns into a Sports Car Makes Maiden Voyage | The first-ever flight between airports is completed by a flying car, which then transforms into a sports car in three minutes.
Let the bells ring out from Toledo to Tokyo in every direction. Flying automobiles, a vision of transportation popularized by science fiction writers, may soon be a reality.
A Slovakian pilot drove what seemed to be an exotic sports car up a runway in Nitra during a test flight.
It then flew to the air with the help of a fixed propeller, landing 35 minutes later in Bratislava before folding its wings and driving straight out onto the highway.
The AirCar (prototype 1) was created by KleinVision, a firm formed by Stefan Klein, who worked for 20 years to make his idea a reality. The Slovak built the world’s first flying car to travel between two airports for a pittance of money—roughly 2 million euro.
AirCar was able to reach a cruising speed of 105 mph (170 kph) at a height of 8,200 feet on its first flight (2,500 meters.) It would be able to maintain this trajectory for 600 kilometers on a single tank of gas (1,000 kilometers).
After the vehicle’s flight portion is completed, a button press initiates a Transformer-like transformation that transforms the vehicle into a slightly oversized, perfectly road-legal sports car with a 160 horsepower gas-powered BMW engine, a seat for another passenger, and a convertible roof in under three minutes.
Planes or helicopters must be safe to fly for many years without an incident in order to be certified to fly under modern laws.
Dr. Stephen Wright, a research fellow in avionics at the University of West England, told the BBC, “I have to confess that (the AirCar) looks extremely cool—but I’ve got a hundred issues regarding the certification.” “I’m looking forward to seeing the piece of paper stating that this is safe to fly and sell.”
This year, one business received certification for a flying car. Terrafugia, created in 2006 by five MIT engineering graduates, piloted their Transition flying automobile for the first time in Plattsburgh, New York, in 2012. Terrafugia took deposits on pre-orders for 100 cars, each costing roughly a quarter-million dollars and with its own parachute and a flight range of around 480 miles.
Transition to Terrafugia
Terrafugia was purchased by a Chinese company in 2017 after years of product delays and refunds of consumer deposits. The Transition, on the other hand, acquired a Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration in January.
The problem is that the flying automobile can’t be driven because it hasn’t passed various crash tests to establish its roadworthiness. Terrafugia had laid off the majority of its staff by February 2021 and announced that it would close its Massachusetts operations in order to relocate to China.
At the very least, they demonstrated that FAA certification may be obtained in the United States.
Klein Vision has stated that the AirCar is intended to take a piece of the aviation business, not the vehicle sector, and Morgan Stanley thinks that the flying car market will be worth over a trillion dollars in the next 20 years, akin to the previous boom in private spaceflight.
Klein Vision’s AirCar
Klein Vision is trying to increase the power of its prototype engine, allowing it to reach a top cruising speed of 186 miles per hour, while other firms such as Hyundai, Toyota, and Volkswagen are looking at developing their own flying vehicles.