AirCar (V5) developed by Klein Vision; a research and development company completed a text flight this week in Slovakia Airport. The fifth generation flying completed two entire airport patterns, including two takeoffs and landings.
“The key flight parameters confirmed all theoretical concepts and calculations that the development of the AirCar was based on. Following the completion of all required flight tests in compliance with EASA regulations, we will deliver a model with a certified ADEPT, 300HP engine within the next 6 next months” said Professor Stefan Klein, Klein Vision’s CTO and test pilot.
He also confirmed that the vehicle already has a buyer. When describing the benefits of AirCar its co-founder and investor Anton Zajac said, “With Aircar you will arrive at your destination without the hassle of getting a ride to airport and passing through commercial security, you can drive your AirCar to the golf course, the office, the mall or your hotel and park it in a normal parking space.”
While applauding the vehicle, Dr. Branko Sarh, Boeing Co. Senior Technical Fellow (ret) said, “The wing and tail deployment/retraction mechanism is very impressive, converting the automobile into an airplane. The cockpit providing space for the driver/pilot and a passenger is very roomy and nicely styled. The overall appearance of the flying car on road and in the air is superb”.
Weighting 1100kg, this model can carry 200kg of additional weight per flight and with its BMW 1.6l engine, the car-plane delivers 140HP. AirCar has an estimated range of 1,000 km and a flight consumption of 18 l/h.