Audiences were stunned when they witnessed James Bond fly his AMC Matador Coupe in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun. To them, a flying car was a futuristic idea that they would never see in their lifetime. Well, now it’s finally here, in ours…
We all thought, “a flying car! in your dreams!”
AirCar, a combined transportation vehicle that can drive and fly, took an important step earlier this week towards pioneering a new form of mobility. For the first time ever, the flying car made a flight between two cities.
The AirCar, piloted by founder Štefan Klein, took off from Nitra’s small airport and arrived at Bratislava’s international airport 35 minutes later. He covered a distance of 66 kilometers this way. In a video ( shown below), shared by the manufacturer, it is easy to see how the flight went and how the plane transforms itself into a car for two people after the flight.
The first prototype must complete the mandatory 50 hours of test flights. Klein is planning to build a second prototype with a new design and more powerful propulsion, which will allow a substantial increase in cruising speed. The vehicle will require an international certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
A second prototype is also under development. AirCar Prototype 2, as the model is called for now, will be equipped with a 300 hp engine and is expected to have a cruising speed of 300 kilometers per hour and a range of 1,000 kilometers. The intention is for the model to receive aircraft certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).