Klein Vision’s flying car AirCar linked Nitra Airport to Bratislava Airport in 35 minutes. Connecting these two cities in Slovakia was a big first for this flying car that transforms in less than three minutes. Klein Vision’s flying car from Nitra Airport to Bratislava International Airport. A 35-minute flight on June 28, 2021, was followed by driving time on the road using the same machine. Klein Vision assures us that the flying car made its 142nd landing on this occasion.
The prototype converts from car to aircraft in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. This incredible machine transforms from a land vehicle into a flying vehicle in less than three minutes. With the simple push of a button, the fenders retract or extend. The AirCar Prototype 1 has a BMW engine of 160 HP, and the next generation, the AirCar Prototype 2, the pre-production model, will be equipped with a 300 HP engine. It runs on regular petrol-pump fuel and can fly up to 600 miles at 8,200 feet. Klein Vision ensures that this aircraft will obtain CS-23 certification from EASA (certification for light aircraft produced industrially) and will meet all the criteria of the M1 category for road traffic.
The AirCar, being described as a “pleasant” and “normal” ride can reach about 106 mph, according to Klein. Klein said the aircraft took 24 months and about $2.3 million to complete. Stefan Klein, the company’s co-founder, and CEO has been working on this type of device for more than 30 years. He founded this start-up in 2017 with Anton Zajac. Since then, the AirCar has already completed nearly 40 hours of test flights of 45° turns, stability, and handling tests. The Slovakian start-up ensures that the stability and handling of the AirCar are accessible to any pilot.
This device is quite atypical, its shape differs from that of VTOLs, these vertical take-off and landing aircraft, which are designed for urban air mobility. The AirCar recalls Pop Up, a concept presented by Audi and Airbus which included a car that could be hooked up to a drone to soar into the air. But the two partners did not go more than to present a prototype of reduced size.
He also said that he cannot wait to see the piece of paper that says this is safe to fly and safe to sell.”
Writer: Imaaz Nadeem