Every child who grew up watching The Jetsons dreamed that one day we would be driving cars that could also fly through the air. The Klein Vision AirCar, which is powered by a BMW-sourced engine, recently received the Certificate of Airworthiness from the Slovak Transport Authority, bringing this dream closer to reality for many people. Klein Vision's flying AirCar underwent extensive testing, including over 70 hours of flight time, to obtain the Airworthiness certificate. To achieve the European Aviation Safety Agency's standards, the evolving AirCar had to make 200 takeoffs and landings on cross-country trips (EASA).
"Transportation Authority closely followed all stages of unique AirCar development from its beginnings in 2017," remarked René Molnár, director of the Civil Aviation Division of the Transport Authority of Slovakia, following the issuance of the Certificate of Airworthiness to the Klein Vision AirCar. "Safety in transportation is a top priority for us," she added. AirCar is a hybrid of cutting-edge technology and EASA-approved safety measures. It develops a new class of reliable sports cars and aircraft. Getting it authorized was both a tough and intriguing task."
"The Certificate of Airworthiness is an official certificate issued in line with all EASA standards for its member states," said Anton Zajac, cofounder of Klein Vision. "Each member state picks a local authority to provide certifications valid across the member countries," he added. As a result, Aircar may be able to fly into the United Kingdom, and we do have plans to fly to London from Paris shortly. In the experimental category, it's CoA. We will, however, file for EASA CS-23; all of our research and development has been done by EASA guidelines. Because they will be destroyed during the certification process, CS-23 will necessitate the fabrication of three units – thus, CS-23 is an order of magnitude more expensive." Professor Stefan Klein quit the Slovak air mobility business Aeromobil in 2016 to work on his flying automobile from the ground up, and the Klien Vision AirCar has been in development since then. The company began developing the AirCar concept and has spent more than 100,000 man-hours perfecting it. The AirCar was brought to life by engineers who turned computer-based concepts into operational prototypes.
A 140-hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder BMW combustion engine powers the two-seater flying automobile, which drives both the fixed propeller in flight and the wheels on the road. It has a take-off speed of 115 km/h (71.5 mph), a cruising speed of 180 km (112 mph) at 2,800 Rpm, and can go above 160 km/h on the road (99.4 mph). The AirCar is 1,100kg and just requires a 300m length to take off. Furthermore, the car may transform into an aeroplane in just three minutes. Professor Stefan Klein, the brains behind Klein Vision, said, "AirCar certification opens the way for mass production of incredibly efficient flying cars." It's the official and ultimate validation of our abilities to forever revolutionize long-distance travel."
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