Klein Vision’s AirCar Flying Car Has Literally Been Cleared for Takeoff

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The emergence of eVTOLs has made the possibility of a world where people commute via flying cars more possible than ever. With the space saturated with tech-savvy companies who are racing to create the first commercially viable, personalized flying craft. But for some, eVTOLs are simply not representative of the flying car future that science-fiction has promised us for decades, as they’re not really cars that can fly but personal helicopters. For those pining for legitimate flying cars like on The Jetsons, we recommend checking out Klein Vision, a company whose bonafide flying automobile has just earned an official Certificate of Airworthiness from a government body.

The aptly named AirCar is precisely that: a car that can fly in the air. At first glance, the AirCar seems to be the love child of a sports car and fighter jet. In other words, it’s awesome. The AirCar sports a set of retractable wings, folding tail surfaces, and even a parachute deployment system (which you hopefully won’t need). Aside from making the AirCar look like a functional robot, the folding tail surfaces actually aid with flight stability and taking off, while also allowing the car to retain something of a compact size when it’s in its car mode.

Of course, the scientific innovation that went into making such a transformative vehicle is staggering. The AirCar is made of unique composite materials and features an aerodynamic fuselage that not only allows for passengers but also enhances the vehicle’s lift while in flight. What’s more, its spoiler, when used in car mode, generates downward force to make it operate like a real car while generating lift to fly when the AirCar is in aircraft mode. In essence, it marries the best of both worlds.

Equally as exciting, after more than 200 takeoffs and landings, as well as 70 hours of flight testing according to European Aviation Safety Agency standards, the AirCar has earned its official Certificate of Airworthiness from the Slovak Transportation Authority — a major step toward bringing this vehicle to market and finally allowing us to realize our flying car destiny. Klein Vision has yet to state when the AirCar will be produced commercially, though the Slovakian company has announced it is working on further iterations of the AirCar concept, including an amphibious version.

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Photo: Klein Vision
Photo: Klein Vision
Photo: Klein Vision