The Samson Sky Switchblade, for which pre-registrations are already being accepted on the manufacturer’s website, will receive the necessary permits for flight tests.
Although the idea of marrying the two modes of transport was first mooted at the dawn of car and plane manufacturing, more than 100 years of development and experimentation have not brought success. We show you what kind of flying car you could buy today if you wanted to, and find out whether we could use one at home.
The AirCar received its airworthiness certificate from the Slovak Transport Authority last Wednesday, and the prototype will soon be followed by the production version.
The Slovakian-built experimental vehicle AirCar has obtained the necessary certification to fly. The amphibious vehicle, powered by a petrol-powered BMW engine, can reach speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour and a flight altitude of over 2,500 metres, reports the BBC. Before take-off, the vehicle switches to flight mode, which lasts 2 minutes 15 seconds.
If all goes according to plan, the extraordinary vehicle could be on the market as early as 2028. According to eVTOL.com, UK-based startup Bellwether Industries has successfully completed the first test flights of its two-seat Volar prototype aircraft in Dubai.
Jet-powered ambulances, border patrols in flying cars and city workers commuting by drone – all of this may seem sci-fi today – but these ideas are part of the development plan for advanced aerial mobility (AAM), a market expected to be worth $17 billion by 2025.