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#1 Post by PHXPhlyer » Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:04 pm

Flying car completes 35-minute test flight between cities

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/30/business ... index.html

https://www.klein-vision.com/

London (CNN Business)A prototype flying car has completed a test flight between two cities in Slovakia, spending 35 minutes airborne.

Klein Vision's AirCar flew between Nitra and the capital Bratislava on Monday, according to a press release published Wednesday.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is powered by a 160 horsepower BMW engine, and comes equipped with a fixed propeller. It transforms from aircraft to road vehicle in less than three minutes.
It has now completed more than 40 hours of test flights, according to Klein Vision, including flying at 8,200 feet and reaching a maximum cruising speed of 190 kilometers per hour (118 miles per hour).
After landing in Bratislava on Monday, the aircraft transformed into a car, and was driven into the city center by Klein Vision CEO Stefan Klein and company co-founder Anton Zajac.

"AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept," Zajac said in the press release. "It has turned science fiction into a reality."
The company is working on a model called AirCar Prototype 2, which will boast a 300 horsepower engine.
It is expected to be able to cruise at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

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Klein Vision plans to develop three- and four-seater models of the AirCar, as well as twin-engine and amphibious versions, according to its website.
A growing number of companies are exploring the potential of flying vehicles despite hurdles including safety and reliability. Flying vehicles would need to operate in crowded airspace, near small drones and traditional airplanes, and also need a regulatory framework, which could take years.

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Uber (UBER) and Hyundai (HYMTF) unveiled plans for an electric flying taxi at last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Michael Cole, the CEO of Hyundai's European unit, said on Tuesday that the South Korean automaker is working "very actively" on the program.
Volkswagen (VLKAF) said in February that it is looking into flying vehicles in China. Meanwhile, Porsche, Daimler (DDAIF) and Toyota (TM) have all backed startups in what is known as the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) industry.
In August 2020, Japanese company Sky Drive Inc. conducted Japan's first public demonstration of a flying vehicle. The car took off from Toyota Test Field and circled for around four minutes.

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Re: Flying Car

#2 Post by Pontius Navigator » Thu Jul 01, 2021 7:40 am

Very neat, but he should have put the prop horizontal.

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Re: Flying Car

#3 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Sat Jul 03, 2021 4:57 pm

Holy Klein Batman...

Depressed, feeling a slump, then remember Lift = Coefficient of Lift x 1/2 x ρ x V-squared X S!

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#4 Post by Pontius Navigator » Sat Jul 03, 2021 6:43 pm

I saw a twin engined jet at Bedford 30 years ago. It was in the corner of the hangar, 4 seats though the rear pair were taken up with data recorders. You could span the jet intakes with your fingers. It really looked the ultimate in light aircraft.

I did find out a bit about it on TOP but can't remember. Now that, matched to the car design would have been something.

Back to the FC, I guess road performance, speed and manoeuvrability would not be as important as a similar spec road car. You want a burn, just pull and rotate 😊

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Re: Flying Car

#5 Post by EA01 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:27 am

Who wants to be the first to test spin recovery?? ..... :/

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