AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle moved closer to production this week, fulfilling a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava.
Klein Vision’s patent protected AirCar completed its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava at 06:05.
After landing, at a click of a button the aircraft transformed into a sports car in under three minutes and was driven by its inventor, professor Stefan Klein and co-founder Anton Zajac to downtown Bratislava, cutting the typical travel time by a factor of two.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160HP BMW engine with fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute.
Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed over 40 hours of test flights, including steep 45 degree turns and stability and manoeuvrability testing.
AirCar Prototype 1 has flown at 8200 ft and reached a maximum cruising speed of 190km/h.
“This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles.
“It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual,” said professor Klein after exiting the AirCar cockpit in Bratislava.