The developers of a flying car have announced that it has received an official certificate of airworthiness after completing 70 hours of rigorous flight testing.
Klein Vision said in a statement that the vehicle, which can run on roads and fly in the skies and has completed more than 200 take-offs and landings, received the certificate from the Slovakian Transport Authority.
It also means that the vehicle, which is powered by a 1.6L BMW engine, is one step closer to being mass produced.
The “AirCar” took to the skies for the first time in 2020 and flew its first inter-city flight in June of last year.
According to the company, the aircraft transformed into a car in under three minutes “at the click of a button” during testing.
The amount of flight testing adheres to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) guidelines.
These tests covered the entire range of flight and performance maneuvers, demonstrating “amazing static and dynamic stability in the aircraft mode,” according to the company.
It went on to say that the take-off and landing procedures were completed without the pilot having to touch the flight controls.
It took more than 100,000 man-hours to get to the certified prototype stage.
Professor Stefan Klein, the inventor, development team leader, and pilot, said, “AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars.”
“It’s the final confirmation of our ability to forever change mid-distance travel.”
“Fifty years ago, the car was the epitome of freedom,” said project co-founder Anton Zajac. AirCar pushes those boundaries further by transporting us to the next dimension, where the road meets the sky.”