Slovakia’s Transport Authority announced yesterday that it had issued a certificate of airworthiness for the flying car model AirCar, a first step towards commercial production of the invention. The AirCar is an electrical vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed for two passengers.
Stefan Klein, the founder and chief executive of KleinVision, the company that designed and manufactured the prototype of the dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle, welcomed yesterday’s announcement, saying “AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars.”
In a press release, Klein recorded his satisfaction at the certification of his work, declaring “It is an official and final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.”
AirCar completed its first intercity flight on June 28 2021 when the prototype made the journey from Nitra international airport to Bratislava national airport in Slovakia.
The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-litre BMW engine, needs a runway only 300 meters long to take off and has a top flight speed of up to 170 kilometers per hour for a total flying distance of 1,000 kilometers.Klein claims that the process of transforming from car to plane takes less than three minutes with everything automated and controlled using a single button command.
Before obtaining its official certification, the Slovak flying car had to complete 70 hours of flight testing, with more than 200 take-offs and landings.
The Slovak Transport Authority director Rene Molnar explained its decision to award the AirCar official certification, saying “Based on the fact that the aircraft met the conditions of national regulations set for individually manufactured aircraft and the required level of safety was demonstrated, the Slovak Transport Authority (STA) has issued a special certificate of airworthiness.”
Molnar also noted that AirCar can now apply for aircraft-type certification having obtained the official STA certificate
“After obtaining the type certificate, it can manufacture the aircraft commercially,” he added.
However, Back to the Future enthusiasts might have to wait before unleashing their inner Marty McFly as a pilot’s license is necessary before taking the controls of the AirCar.