Aerospace

Video: Flying car completes 35-minute city-to-city journey

02 July 2021

Flying cars may still be years off from mainstream adoption, but companies continue to test the feasibility of the transportation method with the latest coming from AirCar that successfully completed a 35-minute city-to-city flight.

The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160 hp BMW engine with fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute. The flying car has completed more than 40 hours of test flights including a steep 45 degree turn and stability and maneuverability testing.

The Prototype 1 has flown at 8,200 feet and reached a cruising speed of 118 mph.

A pre-production Prototype 2 model will be equipped with a 300 hp engine and receive the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit. Prototype 2 can travel at 186 mph and has a range of 621 miles.

In the video, AirCar, which looks like someone slapped wings and a motor onto a regular automotive, flies from the international airport in Nitra, Slovakia, to the international airport in Bratislava. In about three minutes, the vehicle then converts to driving mode and takes a trip downtown.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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