The idea of creating cars that can fly may seem absurd to some but there’s no denying that there are people who dream of owning a car/light aircraft hybrid at some point in their lives. While we’re on the topic, a creative Slovakian company called Aeromobil has come up with the closest thing to a flying car called the Aeromobil 3.0. The prototype was just unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna.
Designed by co-founders Stefan Klein and Juraj Vaculik, the Aeromobil 3.0 is actually an improved version of an earlier prototype called the Aeromobil 2.5. The flying car is said to be predominantly built from composite material including the wings, body shell and wheels. Its components, such as the avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system will be incorporated into the final product.
Powered by a Rotax 912 light aircraft engine, the two-seater Aeromobil 3.0 can hit up to 200 km/h in plane form and 160 km/h in car form. Like other conventional non-flying cars, this unique vehicle uses petrol to power up and can be driven on the road along with the rest of the traffic. As a plane, the Aeromobil 3.0 needs just a few hundred meters of grass or paved surface to land or take off. It can also use any airport strip in the world.
Growing up in the repressive state of Czechoslovakia, Klein and Vaculik say the flying car project has been inspired by the idea of freeing people from the “daily prison” we are all in – more specifically the “traffic jam prison” and “airport prison”. According to Aeromobil, only three percent of the world has paved roads and the Aeromobil 3.0 could be a godsend to those countries without proper infrastructure.
Whether the Aeromobil 3.0 turns into a reality or a novelty remains to be seen but the fact that it could be priced somewhere between a supercar and a small plane itself could be a deterrent.