Aerospace

Video: KleinVision flying car receives flight certification

26 January 2022

KleinVision has received an airworthiness certification from the Slovak Transport Authority for its flying car, opening the door for mass production of aircraft.

The certification follows 70 hours of flight testing and more than 200 take-offs and landings. The test flights were compatible with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

The hybrid car-plane, called AirCar, is powered by a BMW engine and runs on regular gas.

"It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever,” said Stefan Klein, CEO of KleinVision.

The vehicle can transform from plane to car or car to plane in about two minutes and 15 seconds. And the company envisions flights between international cities in Europe to be possible in the coming years.

Last June, the flying car completed a test flight that lasted about 35 minutes between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia. After landing, the vehicle converted into driving mode and drove to the city center.

The company told CNN that a pilot’s license is required to fly the flying car and that it hopes to have the AirCar commercially available in the next 12 months.

In the video, the AirCar is seen flying in the clouds and making maneuvers that rival other aircraft.

The AirCar is not the first flying car to receive certification as Pal-V received certification to make its vehicle street legal on public roads in Europe and received air certification for its Liberty vehicle.

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


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