BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft, moved closer to production with a milestone 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava on June 28, 2021.
Klein Vision‘s patent protected AirCar completed its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava at 6:05 a.m. After landing, at a click of a button the aircraft transformed into a sports car in under three minutes and was driven by its inventor, Professor Stefan Klein, and Klein Vision’s co-founder, Anton Zajac, to downtown Bratislava, cutting the typical travel time by a factor of two, according to company officials.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160-hp BMW engine with fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute. Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed more than 40 hours of test flights, including 45° turns and stability and maneuverability testing. The prototype has flown at 8,200 feet and reached a maximum cruising speed of 190km/h (103 knots), company officials report.
AirCar Prototype 2, the pre-production model, will be equipped with a 300-hp engine. It is expected receive an EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit. With its variable pitch propeller, the Prototype 2 is expected to have a cruise speed of 300km/h (162 knots) and range of 1,000 km (621 miles), company officials noted.
“This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles. It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual.” said Professor Klein after exiting the AirCar cockpit in Bratislava.
“AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept — flying at 8,200 feet at a speed of 100 knots, it has turned science fiction into a reality,” added Zajac.