BMW-powered flying car completes first flight

Updated Jul 01, 2021 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

Turning science fiction into a reality.

The 1985 American science fiction film Back to the Future provided some optimism to its viewers that flying cars will be commercially available in the market by 2015. Multiple attempts were made for the past years to establish a flying car that can move people up in the skies with an economical range and a stable flying performance.

AirCar in action

But those visions are now seeing daylight as Klein Vision achieved a key development milestone of flying its AirCar to its first-ever inter-city flight on June 28, 2021. The flight took 35 minutes to accomplish which started from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of user-friendly Flying Cars. The automated transition from road vehicle into an air vehicle and vice versa, deploying/retracting wings and tail is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit, and courage; it is an outcome of excellent engineering and professional knowledge,” said Boeing Co. Senior Technical Fellow Dr. Branko Sarh.

AirCar first flight test

The BMW-powered AirCar took flight

The AirCar Prototype 1 is powered by a 160 hp BMW engine, sending power to its fixed propeller at its rear end. It is designed with control surfaces much like what conventional airplanes have including the deploying/retracting wings that contain the aileron and flaps, an elevator that controls the lateral axis of the flying car, and two rudders that extend when it is in flight mode.

Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed test flights of over 40 hours, including steep 45 degree turns and stability, and maneuverability testing. AirCar Prototype 1 has flown at 8,200 ft and reached a maximum cruising speed of 190 km/h (103 knots).

AirCar Prototype 1 on a street

This is the future

Soon, Klein Vision will release the more powerful AirCar Prototype 2 which uses a 300 hp engine, delivering a cruising speed of 300 km/h (162kt) and a range of 1,000 km. It receives the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit.

“AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept, flying at 8,200 ft at a speed of 100 kt, it has turned science fiction into a reality,” said Klein Vision co-founder Anton Zajac.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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