Flying Car Updates: The Slovak Transport Authority has granted a certificate of airworthiness to a flying car capable of reaching speeds of over 100mph (160km) and heights of over 8,000ft (2,500m). Air Car, a hybrid car aircraft, is powered by a BMW engine and runs on ordinary gasoline.
The transition from automobile to plane takes two minutes and fifteen seconds. According to the business, the certification came after 70 hours of flight testing and more than 200 takeoffs and landings. Prof Stefan Klein, the Air Car’s developer, stated, “Air Car certification opens the door for mass production of incredibly efficient flying cars. “It’s the final confirmation of our potential to forever revolutionize mid-distance travel.”
In June, the flying automobile made a 35minute journey between Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia’s international airports. According to BBC News, the business plans to “fly to London from Paris in the near future.
“Dr. Steve Wright, an avionics and aircraft systems senior research fellow at the University of the West of England, described the news as “a good step down the road” for the company, adding that he was “cautiously optimistic” that “a few Air Cars will be seen one day – but I think there is still a long way to go.
” Other companies are developing flying cars that can be driven on the road as well. The PALV Liberty, a three-wheeled gyrocopter that flies like a helicopter, is road legal in Europe and pursuing European Union Aviation Safety Agency certification.
Dr. Wright, on the other hand, is skeptical about the mass appeal of flying automobiles. “Are flying automobiles the wave of the future?” He replied, “Yes… and no.””The personal transport revolution is unmistakably on its way, but it will not look like this. “It has a niche in terms of transportation – albeit a very interesting niche.”
The Air Car is a small plane that takes off and lands like a regular plane and requires a pilot’s license to operate. Unpiloted air taxi services with autonomous flight and vertical landing and takeoff are being developed by a number of firms.
They are being promoted as a convenient and flexible mode of transportation, and some are garnering major investment. Boeing also announced an additional $450 million (£334 million) investment in Wisk, the California-based autonomous air taxi firm it owns with Kitty Hawk, a company founded by Google co-founder Larry Page.
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