The Slovak Transport Authority has given Slovakian firm Klein Vision a Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA), allowing AirCar, its prototype of a two-seat flying car, to fly.
Before acquiring the CoA, the prototype completed 70 hours of flight testing in accordance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) safety standards, during which time AirCar performed over 200 takeoffs and landings.
The testing process encompassed a full spectrum of flight and performance maneuvers in the air, including takeoff and landing, where the vehicle demonstrated its static and dynamic stability without the need for human interaction, according to the Slovakian company.
“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,” Klein Vision announced in a statement dated January 24, 2022.
Professor Stefan Klein, AirCar’s inventor, said that its certification of airworthiness had “opened the door for the mass-production” of flying cars.
Project co-founder, Anton Zajac added: “In the early twentieth century, the car was the epitome of freedom. Now, in 2022, Aircar offers the next level of freedom.”
The AirCar production model is planned to be certified in the coming year.