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Slovak-designed flying car gets rave reviews

The flying car designed by Slovaks, Juraj Vaculík and Štefan Klein, and presented on October 29 at the Pioneer Festival in Vienna is a sensation.

The flying car designed by Slovaks, Juraj Vaculík and Štefan Klein, and presented on October 29 at the Pioneer Festival in Vienna is a sensation.

The AeroMobil 3.0 which combines a car and a plane has a maximum speed of – when flying – 300 kilometres an hour and a range of about 700 km, with a consumption of 15 litres of fuel per hour. It has two seats. On the ground, it can reach the speed of 160 km/hour and it needs eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.

Its Slovak fathers believe it could be the first step to “change the passenger transport on a global scale”, according to the aktuality.sk website. The cars currently driving in the streets should be replaced by flying cars. AeroMobil can change from a car to a plane in seconds which enables the freedom of movement.

It can use ordinary airports, but is can also take off or land on any stretch of grass or solid surface, needing about 50 metres for landing and 200 metres for taking off. “AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly uses the existing infrastructures made for both automobiles and planes,” designers say. “It fits into any parking lot, uses common petrol, and it can be in regular operation on roads, like any other car.”

Juraj Vaculík, acting in Slovak advertising business for decades, is the head of the company that developed the hybrid, while Štefan Klein is the father of the project – he has been toying with the idea of creating a flying car for about 20 years. In the past, he was in charge for innovation research projects for Audi, Volkswagen and BMW car companies. Klein is also a passionate pilot. “For me, the freedom of movement is the real DNA of this project,” he said.

(Source: Aktuality.sk, AeroMobil 3.0)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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