Flying Car Prototype Completes First Ever Succesful Test Flight Between Airports Of Two Cities

Posted by Sama in Science and Technology On 3rd July 2021
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The hybrid car-aircraft completed its first successful trip between the airports marking it the first step towards an advanced future of flying cars. It is predicted that flying cars can be a potential solution to the strain on existing transport infrastructures.

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A hybrid prototype car has successfully completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The hybrid car-aircraft, known as AirCar can fly about 1,000km and is equipped with a BMW engine. The car runs on regular petrol-pump fuel and according to its creator Prof Stefan Klein, the car can fly at a height of 8,200ft (2,500m), and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far and takes a total of two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from the car into aircraft.

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Prof Klein drove the car straight from the runway and into the town and upon arrival was welcomed by the spectators who were invited.

He described the experience, early on Monday morning, as "normal" and "very pleasant".

The car can carry two people and in the air, it reached a cruising speed of 170 km/h.

However, the car takes off and lands vertically unlike the drone-taxi prototypes, and so it requires a runaway. 

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The flying car marks the beginning of a popular trend and is a marked step ahead into the future There are high expectations for the nascent market in flying cars, which have long been heralded in popular culture as a visionary landmark of the future. 

In 2019, consultant company Morgan Stanley predicted the sector could be worth $1.5trillion (£1tn) by 2040. At an industry event a few days back, Hyundai Motors Europe chief executive Michael Cole called the concept "part of our future".

It is also predicted that this concept can be a potential solution for much-strained transport infrastructure. 

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The company behind AirCar, Klein Vision, says the prototype has taken about two years to develop and cost "less than 2m euros" (£1.7m) in investment.

Anton Zajac, an adviser, and investor in Klein Vision say that if the company could attract even a small percentage of global airline or taxi sales, then this project would get remarkable success. 

"There are about 40,000 orders of aircraft in the United States alone," he said.

"And if we convert 5% of those, to change the aircraft for the flying car - we have a huge market."

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Dr. Stephen Wright, senior research fellow in avionics and aircraft, at the University of the West of England, described the AirCar as "the lovechild of a Bugatti Veyron and a Cesna 172".

He also thinks that these cars would be environmentally friendly and compared with the aircraft, they would be friendly in terms of fuel cost too. 

 

 

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"I have to admit that this looks really cool - but I've got a hundred questions about certification," Dr Wright said.

"Anyone can make an aeroplane but the trick is making one that flies and flies and flies for the thick end of a million hours, with a person on board, without having an incident.

"I can't wait to see the piece of paper that says this is safe to fly and safe to sell."

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