Klein Vision’s flying car, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle,completed its test flight between Nitra and the capital Bratislava within 35 min on Monday.
Stefan Klein,the brain behind the innovation, drove the car straight off the runway and into town upon arrival during the flight test. He said the car could fly about 1,000km at the height of 8,200ft and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far. Car runs on regular petrol fuel and is fitted with a BMW engine and has the capacity to carry two people, with a combined weight limit of 200kg. It takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from a car into aircraft and before taking off, the narrow wings fold down along the sides of the car.In the air, the vehicle reached a cruising speed of 170km/h.
Predicting the scope in this sector,Morgan Stanley in 2019 said the sector could be worth KSh 161 trillion by 2040. Stephen Wright, a senior research fellow in avionics and aircraft at the University of the West of England, likened the AirCar to a Bugatti Veyron and a Cessna 17,but says has questions about certification. Though the vehicle would be particularly loud or uneconomical in terms of fuel costs compared with other aircraft,Anton Rajac, an adviser and investor in Klein Vision says if the company could attract even a small percentage of global airline or taxi sales, it will be a huge success.