AirCar Shows Off Its Abilities In The Air And On Land
AirCar developed by visionary designer Štefan Klein flew from Nitra to Bratislava.
Visionary designer Štefan Klein is met his 20-year dream on Monday June 28 2021. That dream was to sit in a flying vehicle in Nitra and fly to Bratislava airport and then drive the vehicle, transformed into a sports car, down to the city centre to have a cup of coffee in the cult Verne café just next to the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava where he teaches.
At precisely 6:00 on Monday, June 28, he safely landed with his AirCar at the airport, ready to carry out the rest of his plan later during the day.
“It was a comfortable flight; the weather was beautiful, everything worked well,”Stefan Klein
It took Klein approximately 25 minutes to fly 80 km from Nitra with a small circle above Senec where the D1 highway was getting clogged with cars during morning rush hours.
“This is exactly the advantage of the AirCar – you never get stuck in a traffic jam.” It was exactly freedom of movement which inspired the designer some 32 years ago to start designing a flying car. Now, this utopian idea for many people is becoming reality.
“With today’s flight we wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of this experimental prototype as well as prove that the idea behind this means of transportation is realistic,” said Klein, adding that this was the first flight of the vehicle between two international airports.
After the flight, the vehicle underwent a mandatory after-flight check. Then it transformed into car mode and continued to the city centre on the ground to demonstrate all of its modes. After the first test flight at Piešťany Airport last year, this was the first public presentation of the vehicle flying.
Klein, a university professor of transportation design, has been working on his concept of flying cars since the change of regime in 1989. He completed the flying prototype of AirCar that was tested successfully at Nitra airport in October 2019.
Klein was in charge of the development of the first Slovak flying car Aeromobil. (You can view a video on the Aermobil below). The company by the same name abandoned the project after the 3.0 prototype crashed at Nitra Airport during a test flight in May 2015. AirCar differs significantly from this prototype not only in appearance but also in the way it transforms from aircraft to car. The transition from an airplane to a car normally used in road traffic takes about two and a half minutes. Those seeking to order a flying car to avoid getting stuck in traffic jams still have to wait.
The first prototype must complete the mandatory 50 hours of test flights. Klein is planning to build a second prototype with a new design and more powerful propulsion, which will allow a substantial increase in cruising speed. The vehicle will require an international certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Our money is still on the PAL-V to be the first flying car to become legally available around the world. We think the gyroplane design, built for safety, is a great idea and we’ve been following the PAL-V journey for some years now.
The video below shows when the PAL-V finally became street legal.
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