The European country of Slovakia has awarded the Certificate of airworthiness to a flying car called, ‘AirCar’ which can transform from an on-road vehicle to a winged aircraft, after it completed 70 hours of rigorous tests.
According to a report by Sky News, earlier today, it stated that the Transport Authority of Slovakia licensed the next-generation vehicle as it has met the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards. Additionally, the authorisation comes after the vehicle underwent 200 take-offs and landings during the 70 hours of test flights.
The developer of AirCar, Professor Stefan Klein, who was the brain behind the invention, said it is equipped with a 1.6L BMW engine, as reported by Daily Mail.
Reportedly, this futuristic vehicle has the capacity to transform into a plane from the four-wheeled car in a span of three minutes. According to sky News, the vehicle made its first flight in 2020 and in June 2021, it completed its first inter-city flight.
Moreso, the company had said that the 35-kilometre flight from Slovakia’s Nitra city to Bratislava was a crucial development. Moreover, the firm said in its statement that the procedures of take-off and landing, during the flight, were achieved without the pilot’s handling.
Additionally, AirCar was said to have been designed to operate on a petrol engine and can carry two passengers at a time. The upcoming pre-production prototype model, AirCar Prototype 2, will sport a 300-horsepower engine with a range of 1,000km and a top speed of 300km/h. The AirCar takes off and lands like a conventional plane and requires a pilot’s license to fly.