It’s both a car and a plane?
We’ve been dreaming of flying cars since we were children and the “Jetsons” show followed “The Flintstones” on television. We imagined zipping through the air to get from one space station to the next before being greeted by a robot who has already done all the housework and relaxing after a long day of flying about. Forget running, the world would be such a better place if we could escape the traffic we are constantly stuck in and find ourselves at work within a few minutes’ time.
Back in 1940, Henry Ford predicted that cars will soon begin to fly. Nearly 75 years may have passed from his prediction and another 15 from the time certain prototypes were actually included in science textbooks children used to study in school, but it seems the day we get to fly around instead of driving is getting closer. Aeromobil 3.0 is as real a prototype as any other and that prototype is almost a complete product. Within October 2014, the Slovak roadable aircraft designed by Štefan Klein and Juraj Vaculik has been undergoing rigorous real-time testing. It first took to the skies in 2013 and appears might become a reality by 2015. It was officially unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Austria on Wednesday.
At the moment, this design that took 20 years to realize can hold a single crew member and a single passenger, while it flies at a maximum of 200 km/h (124 mph; 108 kn) and the maximum road speed is 160 km/h (99 mph). Without a doubt, it is one of the coolest inventions to become product and we cannot wait for it to hit the market!
“We want to be a serious company. This is not a boy toy — we are not building a prop for a Hollywood movie,” says Vaculik. “The final price will fall somewhere in between the price of a supercar and a small plane,” he adds. It is planned to sell as a luxury car and will probably be quoted at a couple of hundred thousand Euros! Those with a pretty penny to spare will most definitely be lovingly adding this masterpiece to their car collections. Who knows, it might even replace the private jet one day!