SLOVAKIA: A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.
There are high expectations for the nascent market in flying cars, which have long been heralded in popular culture as a visionary landmark of the future!
The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel.
The creator of this flying machine says it can fly about (600 miles at a height of 8,200ft. The prototype has clocked up more than 40 hours in the air so far. This AirCar needs a runway from which to take off and to land. The prototype has taken about two years to develop and cost less than 2m euros in investment.
It takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car into aircraft. The narrow wings fold down along the sides of the car.
The vehicle can reach a cruising speed of 170km/h while in the air. It can carry two people, with a combined weight limit of 200kg.
Looking towards the taxi-market these AirCars have pulled a lot of interest; in the USA about 40,000 orders have already being made.
Will the youth of the future need both a driving license and a flying license?