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Transforming AirCar certified to fly by Slovak Civil Aviation Authority

Transforming AirCar certified ...
The Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia has granted a Certificate of Airworthiness to Klein Vision's AirCar
The Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia has granted a Certificate of Airworthiness to Klein Vision's AirCar
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The Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia has granted a Certificate of Airworthiness to Klein Vision's AirCar
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The Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia has granted a Certificate of Airworthiness to Klein Vision's AirCar
The AirCar in road mode, with wings tucked in the body and tail retracted
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The AirCar in road mode, with wings tucked in the body and tail retracted
The AirCar has undergone more than 70 hours of test flights to EASA standards
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The AirCar has undergone more than 70 hours of test flights to EASA standards
At the push of a button, the wings automatically fold and rise, and are then lowered inside the AirCar's composite body. The tail section is pulled in and the vehicle can be driven on the road from landing strip to city center
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At the push of a button, the wings automatically fold and rise, and are then lowered inside the AirCar's composite body. The tail section is pulled in and the vehicle can be driven on the road from landing strip to city center
The AirCar prototype is currently powered by a 140-hp 1.6-liter BMW engine, but Klein Vision is testing an Adept Airmotive engine that will enable it to go over 300 km/h and have a range of 1,000 km
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The AirCar prototype is currently powered by a 140-hp 1.6-liter BMW engine, but Klein Vision is testing an Adept Airmotive engine that will enable it to go over 300 km/h and have a range of 1,000 km
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Following its maiden flight toward the end of 2020, and flying city-to-city for the first time in June of last year, Klein Vision's AirCar flying car has now been granted a Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority.

Way back in the mists of 2016, Professor Stefan Klein parted ways from a Slovak air mobility company called Aeromobil to work on his own flying car. An eight-strong team has since notched up some 100,000 man-hours to take design drawings into computer models and on to working prototypes.

The AirCar has now clocked up more than 70 hours of test flights to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, including 200 takeoffs and landings on cross-country jaunts, on its way to being awarded the Certificate of Airworthiness.

"Transportation Authority carefully monitored all stages of unique AirCar development from its start in 2017," said René Molnár, director of the Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia. "The transportation safety is our highest priority. AirCar combines top innovations with safety measures in line with EASA standards. It defines a new category of a sports car and a reliable aircraft. Its certification was both a challenging and fascinating task."

"The Certificate of Airworthiness is an official certificate issued in compliance with all EASA regulations for its member states," the company's cofounder, Anton Zajac, told us. "Each member state appoints local authority to issue certificates valid across the member countries. Hence, Aircar could fly into the UK and we do have plans to fly to London from Paris in near future.

"It is CoA in experimental category. We are, however, going to apply for EASA CS-23; The entire research and development has been done to comply with EASA standards. CS-23 will require production of three units, since they will be destroyed in the certification process – hence, CS-23 is order of magnitude more costly."

The AirCar prototype is currently powered by a 140-hp 1.6-liter BMW engine, but Klein Vision is testing an Adept Airmotive engine that will enable it to go over 300 km/h and have a range of 1,000 km
The AirCar prototype is currently powered by a 140-hp 1.6-liter BMW engine, but Klein Vision is testing an Adept Airmotive engine that will enable it to go over 300 km/h and have a range of 1,000 km

Looking like a LeMans racecar, the two-seat AirCar prototype features a 140-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder BMW combustion engine that drives both the fixed propeller when in flight and the wheels when on the road. It has a take-off speed of 115 km/h (71.5 mph), a cruising speed is 180 km (112 mph) at 2,800 rpm, and is capable of road speeds of more than 160 km/h (99.4 mph).

At the press of a button the vehicle transforms from aircraft mode to road mode in around two minutes – automatically folding the wings and raising them up before tucking them inside the composite body and drawing in the tail section.

"AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars," said the brains behind the vehicle's design and development, and the AirCar's test pilot, Professor Stefan Klein. "It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever."

Klein Vision is currently testing a lightweight-but-powerful engine from Adept Airmotive that's destined to power a new monocoque AirCar with variable-pitch prop that's expected to "reach speeds of over 300 km/h [186 mph] and range of 1,000 km [~620 miles]." The company anticipates this production vehicle to gain certification within 12 months.

The video below shows test flight footage.

AirCar Flying Car Cleared for Takeoff!

Source: Klein Vision

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11 comments
11 comments
Arcticshade
It looks so wrong but feels so enticing, until i think about the fact that the average joe would require a pilots license for it, would only be allowed to take off / land at airports. Would have to deal with a frame not purposely built to exlusively drive or fly.

Still its something interesting to see !

These craft was invented before the time of the EVTOL. Evtols will take over this niche along with many other current commercial flights.
Pierre Collet
Finally!!!
It makes so much more sense than these vtol monstrosities that are neither efficient on the road nor in the air...
(spoken as a private pilot since 1991)
dan
exciting to develop? YES! not so good car combined with not so good plane: maybe not such a good business case... but I wish the team luck (and the investors a big wallet). cool what they did, even if I rather go for a good aircraft transporting a nice foldable e-bike, or I hire a taxi or share a car...
Steven Clarkson
@Pierre Collet
Nope, an EVTOL ranks higher in the evolutionary tree than a flying car.
The flying car came before EVTOL'S.

For two an EVTOL is not suppose to drive as it can fly and land vertically exclusively, no need to be a hybrid and nor a half baked compromise.

Not saying that this specific flying car is half baked it seemed like they really put lots of effort into the final revised version ? i would love to see it be a success BUT it's a zero match for the versitality and practicality of An EVTOL.
(In the other hand...If i'm not mistaken did one of these flying cars not crash not so long ago)
Gabor Pauler
Its usabilty is nowhere compared to a full-autopilot evtol. Except the minimal difference that it can fly manned in real, not in photoshop. What required a great deal of engineering genius.
Chris__
Why are people comparing this to vtols? They are completely different things, the evtols in development currently are an evolution of the helicopter. They are not hybrids of two travel modes (driving/flying), they are aircraft.

Of course, I still love this, but only from the 'wow, that is a very cool billionaire toy' perspective. This is not going to democratise flight or create air taxis. The plan to demo it with a flight from London to Paris says it all. This is for wealthy people to fly to the local airport nearest their french chateau for a weekend away, with the novelty that you don't have to organise a car to be waiting at the local airport to take you to your house. But it's still way cooler to look at than any flashy hypercar.
Arcticshade
@Gabor your comment is misleading EVTOLS can fly piloted all the time in real life, see ehang/volocopter.

No they are Not photoshopped, try to use google and see for yourself.

And those under testing will follow the same route, nothing strange about flying one remotely, in facy it's just another great benefit of EVTOL technology to be able to fly it remotely which magnified just one of it's many safety features !
christopher
I love the ignorance of all the VTOL comments. The difference between this and all VTOL's, is that this *already has* certification, while VTOL *never will*: those annoying certifiers have a pesky box on their "is it banned from flying" list: Will it kill everyone below upon an engine-out at launch.

Gravity, as only pilots seem to truly comprehend, sucks.
Arcticshade
@christopher
I love it everytime you come on here posting as if you are a know it all only to be proven wrong with facts everytime.

Fact Joby is working closely with the FAA for certification so is Volo, both making good progress.

Fact: it wont kill everyone on an engine out (hint, try study even the basics of Evtols ;)

Gravity indeed sucks for single point failure craft gambling at your one shot to bring it down with auto rotation which many a time fails.
Fact Ehang have had over 2000 commercial manned flights already !!

Multicopters can not only land with motors out but you can choose your landing spot almost precisely ;) Time to get out of the cave... man up and face reality or the future will surpass your own limitations.
Gabor Pauler
@Articshade: EVTOLs are safe until you imagine your neighbor using it. Quite a different story putting your family on them (or under them on the ground). That's how those nasty FAA guys are thinking.
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