Futuristic AirCar that transforms vehicle into plane in minutes cleared to fly

A historic first has taken place in Slovakia after a flyingcar was given a certificate of airworthiness – meaning it is legally able to be used on public roads.

The AirCar has now completed 70 hours of tough flight testing and has been approved for use by the Transport Authority of Slovakia.

It has also been successful with 200 landing and take-off sequences, creators Klein Vision said.

“AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars. It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever,” said AirCar inventor and test pilot Professor Stefan Klein.

And Anton Zajac, co-found, said: “50 years ago, the car was the epitome of freedom.

“AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next dimension; where road meets sky.”

The car has a 1.6l BMW engine, and the 1000kg two-seat dual-mode prototype took eight people to make – over 100,000 hours.
It also houses a 15kW electric engine.

Although it has now been given permission to fly, it still faces more tests before it can go into full production.

It comes just a few weeks after a company in London held the first-ever successful test flight of a 'hypercar' in the UK.

The Volar eVTOL – which stands for electric vertical take-off and landing – was created by Bellwether Industries.

The vehicle is a flying “hypercar”, and is, according to the company, the world's first flying car that does not have a large wingspan or exposed blades – something the AirCar does have.

The half-scale test version flew at an altitude of 13 feet off the ground, with a speed of 25 miles per hour.

Tested in Dubai, the team has said that the flight demonstrated “stability and controllability” of the prototype and would be the start of a series of development projects.

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