Turkey’s first domestic-constructed flying car, called Cezeri, was successfully trialled in Istanbul this week, reports aa.com.tr/en. Designed and manufactured by Baykar, Cezeri weighing 230 kilograms, ascended to 10 metres.
Seicuk Bayraktar, Chief Technology Officer, commented, “We will create more advanced prototypes and perform flights with a human [on board].” He went on to say that it could take around ten to fifteen years for Cezeri to become widely viable, but three to four years to use for recreational purposes in rural areas similar to quad bikes. Bayraktar continued, “After smart cars, the revolution in automotive technology will be flying cars. So we are preparing for the future.”
Cezeri is named after Ismail al-Jazari, a renowned 12th-century Muslim engineer and polymath. Last September, the flying car was displayed at Teknofest, the Turkish technology and aerospace fair, in the metropolitan city of Istanbul.
Baykar, established in 1984, produces armed and non-armed drones, control systems, simulators, and avionics systems.
(News Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en)