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Flying Car Certified to Fly!

AirCar <>  the dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle
has been issued the official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak
Transport Authority, following the successful completion of 70 hours of
rigorous flight testing compatible with European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) standards, with over 200 takeoffs and landings.

The challenging flight tests included the full range of flight and
performance maneuvers and demonstrated an astonishing static and dynamic
stability in the aircraft mode. The takeoff and landing procedures were
achieved even without the pilot’s need to touch the flight controls.

It took a team of 8 highly skilled specialists and over 100,000 manhours to
convert design drawings into mathematical models with CFD analysis
calculations, wind tunnel testing, 1:1 design prototype powered by electric
15KW engine to 1000kg 2-seat dual-mode prototype powered by 1.6L BMW engine
that achieved the crucial certification milestone.

“AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient
flying cars. It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to
change mid-distance travel forever,” said Professor Stefan Klein, the
inventor, leader of the development team and the test pilot. “50 years ago,
the car was the epitome of freedom,” says Anton Zajac, the project
cofounder. “AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next
dimension; where road meets sky.”

“Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of
user-friendly Flying Cars. His latest (fifth) version is the pinnacle
achievement in the new category of flying cars!” said Dr. Branko Sarh,
Boeing Co. Senior Technical Fellow. “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,” he noted after AirCar’s first intercity flight last year.

“Transportation Authority carefully monitored all stages of unique AirCar
development from its start in 2017. The transportation safety is our highest
priority. AirCar combines top innovations with safety measures in line with
EASA standards. It defines a new category of a sports car and a reliable
aircraft. Its certification was both a challenging and fascinating task,”
said René Molnár, the director of the Civil Aviation Division (Transport
Authority of Slovakia).

Klein Vision has already completed tests of a new powerful, lightweight, and
efficient ADEPT Airmotive aviation engine and finalized drawings and
technical calculations for the upcoming monocoque model with variable pitch
propeller expected to reach speeds over 300km/h and range of 1,000km. “ADEPT
Airmotive is proud to have our ecologically compliant engines selected to
power this exciting and innovative project,” said Richard Schulz – Founder,
ADEPT Airmotive. “Klein Vision’s AirCar is an engineering marvel, and we
look forward our long-term cooperation!”, added Raymond Bakker, the ADEPT
Technical Director. The new production model is expected to be certified in
12 months

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