It’s finally happening: the flying car, that evergreen fantasy we’ve been promised for decades, is now a reality. And, providing you have a spare million in cash, you’ll be able to buy one within the next year. Slovakia-based aircraft company Klein Vision recently announced that their AirCar, an appropriately futuristic-looking vehicle that converts from a car to a plane while driving (like something out of a Batman comic), has been granted a Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transportation Authority. This means its 70 hours of test flights complied with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, and it’s the very first flying car to meet this requirement.
The “air taxi” concept has been in development for decades, and the AirCar, however, is the flying car of dreams. It is, and looks like, truly a mashup of a car and a plane, with a front half that looks like a sleek coupe and a back with a folding tail and wings that sprout from its sides when the driver/pilot is ready for takeoff. The seamless transition from car to plane and back, all while in motion and with zero fanfare in only two minutes and fifteen seconds, is utterly fascinating to watch. And that’s before you find out it can fly up to 600 miles in a single journey, cruise at 186 mph, and reach a maximum altitude of 18,000 feet.
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