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AirCar, a so-called “dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle”, has successfully completed 70 hours of rigorous flight testing, with more than 200 take-offs and landings. Therefore, it received an official certificate of airworthiness issued by the Slovak transport authority, which means that the aircraft complies with the standards of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

After Brexit, Britain is no longer a member of EASA – but the body’s regulations are based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, to which the UK continues to join.

Inventor and test pilot Professor Stefan Klein said: “AirCar certification opens the door to the mass production of highly efficient flying cars. It’s official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.

Anton Zajac, the co-founder of the project, added: “Each member state appoints a local authority to issue certificates valid in all member countries. Therefore, AirCar could fly to the UK and we are planning to fly to London from Paris in the near future.

Initially, a hybrid engine is envisaged for the complete vehicle, with combustion in the air, and electricity in car mode. However, an electric version will be possible – once sufficiently powerful batteries are available.

The first 1,000kg two-seater prototype (P1) is powered by a 1.6L BMW engine and can run at 125mph.

Klein Vision, the Slovakian company Mr Klein co-founded in 1989, has already completed testing an engine for a second prototype (P2) that can reach speeds in excess of 186 mph (300 km/h) and capable of 500 miles (800 kilometers).

A video from Klein Vision shows the futuristic prototype in the air, then on the ground, the wings neatly folded.

It took a team of eight highly skilled specialists and over 100,000 hours to convert design drawings into mathematical models with CFD analysis calculations and wind tunnel testing.

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Lead Technician Dr Branko Sarh added: “Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of user-friendly flying cars. Its latest (fifth) version is the pinnacle in the new category of flying cars!

“The automated transition from road vehicle to air vehicle and vice versa, wing and tail deployment/retraction is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, a spirit of innovation and courage; it is the result of excellent technical and professional knowledge.

“The Transportation Authority has carefully monitored all stages of AirCar’s unique development since its launch in 2017.

“Transportation safety is our top priority. AirCar combines the best innovations with EASA-compliant safety measures. It defines a new class of reliable sports car and aircraft.”

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