The world of aviation never seems to stop astounding us. Here comes the Aeromobil flying car (V2.5), which is the brainchild of Stefan Klein and Jurak Vaculik. [Scroll down for update on AeroMobil 3.0]
Subsequently, AeroMobil is not the only flying car around, there is also another ongoing project known as Terrafugia TF-X (A successor of the Transition) from Terrafugia, a US-based aircraft manufacturing industry.
As for the AeroMobil, V2.5 is a pre-prototype version of the AeroMobil 3.0 and it just had its first successful test flight. First, it drove few meters through the runway then made a majestic takeoff. The version 2.5 has a maximum speed of 100 miles/hour when it’s driven as a car, but on the airplane mode, it can soar through the skies with a top speed of 124 miles/hour and a range of over 430 miles. [Video below]
Stefen Klien, a Sloviakia-based designer devoted 20 years of his life perfecting his very own masterpiece. Here is the history of evolution of AeroMobil.
AeroMobil 1.0 [1990-1994]
AeroMobil 2.0 [1995-2010]
AeroMobil 2.5 [2010-2013]
AeroMobil 3.0  – Before Release Concept
The vehicle (Aeromobil 2.5) looks a bit like an insect with wings folded straight back along the fuselage, these wings can extend upto 27 feet span for flight mode. Propulsion on land is provided by a 100 horse power Rotax 912 – which is a 1,211cc four-cylinder engine – through the front wheels and in the air via a three-blade propeller.
The version 2.5 can support only two people in the cockpit and it has two steering wheels which can be switched depending on the mode we want to use this vehicle. The entire vehicle weighs just 450 kg (992 lbs) excluding fuel and passengers and it consumes 15 litres of fuel an hour in airplane mode and 7.5 liters/100 kilometers in car mode, which is pretty good.
Stefen Klien, a graduate from Slovak University of Technology, has worked on car designs for Audi, Volkswagen and BMW and he had even won a national design award for a three-wheeled electric scooter.
Stefen Klein calls his Aeromobil flying car – “the intersection of technology and art.”
AeroMobil 3.0 Update:
AeroMobil 2.5 just got upgraded to AeroMobil 3.0, and made its world debut at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna on October 29. AeroMobil 3.0 is far more superior than the previous models.
Aeromobil 3.0 has now entered a regular flight testing program and has been undergoing extensive testing in real flight conditions since October 2014 after being initially certified by Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying.
According to the statement released by the company, the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype will serve two main purposes. First, it will be used to test and improve the final performance, features, and characteristics. Second, it will be used for initial marketing purposes, including presentations at major trade shows.
“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,” the company said.
This is what the AeroMobil 3.0 looks like:
- Source: AeroMobil, gizmag