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A flying car built with composite materials

News International-French

10 Feb 2015

The AeroMobil 3.0, an advanced prototype of the flying roadster which metamorphoses into a two-seater light sport plane.

AeroMobil 3.0 prototype was designed and manufactured by engineers led by chief designer and CTO Stefan Klein and CEO Juraj Vaculik, co-founders of the company, in just 10 months after the release of the previous and much more basic pre-prototype of the flying car, the AeroMobil 2.5.

History of the project
AeroMobil, the flying car, is the core product of the Slovakia based company AeroMobil. It has been in development since 1989, when Stefan Klein, the founder and head of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia began working on a concept of a flying car. In 2010, Klein joined forces with Juraj Vaculik and established the company with the objective of commercializing the project.

The company and the project reached a key milestone during the summer of 2013, when they finished and successfully demonstrated the functionality of the pre-prototype AeroMobil 2.5. This pre-prototype was certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying (SFUL) in accordance with authorization issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Slovak Republic. It incorporated most of the key technical features that have been envisioned for the final commercial product and was mostly used for testing and optimization of the functionality of the core product. The AeroMobil 2.5 pre-prototype was publically revealed to the expert public at SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal, Canada.

Current status
The current flying car prototype AeroMobil 3.0 incorporates improvements and upgrades to the AeroMobil 2.5. It is now finalized and is being tested in real flight conditions since October 2014. Initially certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, it now entered a regular flight-testing program.

The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype is very close to the final product. It is predominantly built from the same materials as the final product, such as advanced composite materials for the body shell, wings, and wheels. It also contains all the main features that will be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.

Proprietary technology
AeroMobil was designed in a way to fit into existing road infrastructure – its size is comparable to a limousine or a large luxury sedan. It has low maintenance costs and can be parked in regular parking slots in cities. It uses standard gasoline instead of kerosene, and it can therefore be fuelled at a regular gas stations.

AeroMobil also implements a number of other advanced technologies, such as a variable angle of attack of the wings, which significantly boosts the efficiency of take-off and shortens the take-off requirements, and sturdy suspension, which enables take-off and landing at relatively rough terrain.

The flying car prototype AeroMobil 3.0, which is expected to be issued with its full airworthiness licence within weeks, can with the current engine configuration reach speeds of up to 160 km/h on the road and once sky-bound, accelerates to 200 km/h.

This ultimate two-seater prototype is an exquisite feat of design and engineering which runs on regular fuel and has a range of 800km. It can take off from speeds of about 100 km/h, meaning that owners can use any legal leveled grass surface to get their luxury transport airborne.

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