You’ll need a pilot’s license to fly a car that has been cleared for takeoff

26th January, 2022.      //   Technology  // 
The aircraft completed its first inter-city flight in Slovakia last June -- its 142nd successful landing.

The aircraft completed its first inter-city flight in Slovakia last June — its 142nd successful landing.

According to developers, an automobile that can convert into a small plane has passed flight tests in Slovakia with flying colors. According to Klein Vision, the firm behind the “dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle,” the “AirCar” received an official Certificate of Airworthiness from the Slovak Transport Authority after 70 hours of “rigorous flight testing.” The business said in a news release on Monday that the test flights, which comprised more than 200 takeoffs and landings, were compliant with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements. Astonishing static and dynamic stability in the airplane mode was proved during the demanding flight testing, which comprised a full spectrum of flying and performance maneuvers, according to the business.
A spokeswoman for Klein Vision told CNN that the business intends to have the “AirCar” commercially accessible within 12 months, and stated that a pilot license is required to fly the hybrid vehicle. More than 100,000 hours were spent by a team of eight experts transforming design concepts into mathematical models, which led to the fabrication of the prototype. In a news release, Klein Vision co-founder Anton Zajac said the “AirCar” is powered by a 1.6L BMW engine and runs on “fuel sold at any gas station.”

According to Zajac, the vehicle can fly at a maximum operating altitude of 18,000 feet above the ground. The flying automobile flew for 35 minutes between Nitra and Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, in June, as part of a test flight. After landing, the plane was turned into an automobile and drove to the city’s main square.
According to Stefan Klein, the car’s inventor and leader of the development team, “AirCar certification opens the door for mass manufacturing of very efficient flying automobiles.” In an interview with CNN, Kyriakos Kourousis, chair of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Airworthiness & Maintenance Specialist Group, said that “similar types of vehicles have been certified before.”

“If the company which is involved in the certification, has made the business case, this will progress in creating a product that can reach the market,” Kourousis said.
He added, “It’s the scale that’s going to create a lot of new opportunities for employment and for new technologies to be developed.” Other vehicles in development include the PAL-V Liberty, a gyroplane that doubles as a road vehicle, from Netherlands-based company PAL-V. The vehicle was given a full certification basis by the EASA, but is yet to complete the final “compliance demonstration” stage, according to the Dutch firm’s website.

According to a press release issued in January, Terrafugia, a company based in the United States, received an FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for their Transition vehicle, which allows users to drive and fly. Helicopters, according to Kourousis, may one day be replaced by vehicles like the “AirCar.”
“The choice of an internal combustion engine for this vehicle’s propulsion system was most likely selected to rely on known technology,” stated Kourousis. “If the use of such cars is increased, especially in metropolitan areas, the environmental impact can be significant.” “In the near future, I believe we will see complete electric or at the very least hybrid vehicles of this or comparable types contributing to our environmental sustainability goals.”

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