Slovakia has certified flying car for air travel



Slovakia has certified flying car for air travel

From the motorway into the air: In Slovakia, a hybrid car-airplane was officially certified for air transport for the first time.

The prototype had to complete a total of 70 hours of flight tests and 200 take-offs and landings to be certified. The scope of the tests meets the standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The AirCar can travel up to 1000 kilometres and reach around 160km/h on the road. The engine comes from BMW, the vehicle runs and flies on normal fuel from the filling station and the fuel consumption corresponds to that of a normal car. Furthermore, the vehicle can take off and land on grass and asphalt, requiring a track approximately 300 metres long. According to the inventor, turning the car into an aeroplane takes just over two minutes and is done with the flick of a switch.

So far, the distances have been rather short: the AirCar needed 35 minutes for the approximately 90-kilometre route from Nitra to Bratislava. Soon, however, the car will fly from London to Paris.

According to the inventor, the certification opens the door for mass production. From his point of view, it is the final confirmation of the ability to change medium-haul air transport forever. The model could now be officially sold in all EU member states.

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