By Chris Stonor
This latest news, embargoed this week until Wednesday 11 am (BST), clearly shows that Klein-Vision leads the flying car revolution. While many remain drawing board dreams or CGI films, this company has not only constructed an attractive model, looking more like the 1970s Le Mans Porsche 917, but one which can successfully take-off, fly and land as well as drive on the road.
This week, Klein Vision’s AirCar, moved closer to production, fulfilling a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the one in Bratislava, reports a company press release.
Klein Vision’s patent protected AirCar completed its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava on Monday at 6:05AM. After landing, at a click of a button the aircraft transformed into a sports car in under three minutes and was driven by its inventor, Professor Stefan Klein and co-founder, Anton Zajac to downtown Bratislava, cutting the typical travel time by a factor of two.
Company Founders Anton Zajac and Stefan Klein
Dr. Branko Sarh, Boeing Co. Senior Technical Fellow, enthused, “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, but an outcome of excellent engineering and professional knowledge.”
The release explains, “AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160HP fixed-propeller engine and a ballistic parachute. Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed over 40 hours of test flights, including steep 35 degree turns and stability and maneuverability testing.”
And goes on, “AirCar Prototype 1 has flown at 8200 ft and at 45 percent engine power it reached a speed of 170km/h. AirCar Prototype 2, the pre-production model, will be equipped with a 300HP engine and receive the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit. With its variable pitch propeller, the Prototype 2 is expected to have a cruise speed of 300km/h (162kt) and range of 1000km (621M).”
Anton Zajac, the co-founder of Klein Vision, commented, “This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles. It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual.”
And Professor Klein, after exiting the AirCar cockpit in Bratislava, added, “AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept. Flying at 8,200 ft at a speed of 92 kt, it has turned science fiction into a reality.”
And so say all of us.
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