Prototype flying car makes crash landing




A prototype of a Slovak flying car to come to market in 2017, is Friday crashed during a test flight. The appliance, Aero Mobil, was ruled by the inventor, Stefan Klein. He was unhurt in the crash landing. The cause is still unclear.

Klein was above the airport of the Slovak city of Nitra the controls when things went wrong. According Aero Mobil, the same company behind the car, Klein came at an altitude of 300 meters, an “unexpected situation” against. Eyewitnesses claim that the device fell into a downward spiral. Klein then activated the ballistic parachute, a parachute which is being launched with a small explosion and thereby opens quickly. The safety system was able to prevent the inventor injuries sustained, though he still had to check into the hospital. His device looks at the pictures of the crash less well off.

Flying car & # 039; Mobil Aero & # 039; crashes The flying car Aero Mobil after the crash. Photo:

Klein has been working since 1989 on a flying car. The latest version, the Aero Mobil 3.0, in October last year unveiled . The carriage, where two people to fit in, is constructed from a steel frame with a lightweight body of composite materials and is six meters long. The Rotax 912 engine, which is more commonly used in light aircraft, in addition to a propeller can also drive the wheels. The motor is suitable for normal petrol car. The wings with a wingspan of 8.3 meters can be folded for road. With a full tank the thing can make driving 875km; Flying has a range of 700km. Top speed in the air is 200 kilometers per hour.

At the festival South by Southwest, which took place in March, said Aero Mobil CEO Juraj Vaculik that he wanted to bring his car in 2017 on the market. Whether the accident will cause delay is unknown. Aero Mobil remains optimistic in its press release: the company takes the word ‘crash’ not in the mouth and praises the security system. “The data from this test flight will be thoroughly analyzed,” the company said, “The possibility that the unexpected happens is a natural part of a test program.”

If the car market would come, he would have to cost at least a few hundred thousand euros according Vaculik. Drivers must obviously have a pilot’s license when they go into the air. Aero Mobil expects a sporting license will suffice; more than forty hours of flight experience is highly recommended.


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