AeroMobil debuts world’s first flying car commercial
As the flight test programme for AeroMobil's flying car continues apace, the company has released a one-minute commercial - "Be. The. Experience."- introducing The AeroMobil, and told from the perspective of the vehicle itself.
The flight test program, which began in September 2020, is part of EASA's stringent CS23 requirements governing all critical aspects of flight. The AeroMobil has successfully met several key EASA CS23 requirements governing airworthiness, including the flight performance in terms of top and stall speeds as well as the impressive ability to take off within 1300 feet and achieve a rate of climb of over 1200 feet per minute.
AeroMobil flight test in March this year.
The test team’s highest priority is optimizing The AeroMobil’s handling qualities in flight, such as controllability, stability, and maneuverability. These characteristics are tuned to provide the optimum balance of an easy-to-fly solution with top speeds and predictable, agile behavior. The company is also pursuing equivalent certifications from the FAA and similar regulatory agencies of other nations.
The AeroMobil in airplane configuation . . .
“Our aerodynamics experts’ ability to tune and to predict the flight performance and handling qualities of The AeroMobil is a key reason behind the success of our certification program, and the flight testing is providing essential data which support our overall certification and commercialization schedule,” said Patrick Hessel, Chairman and CEO of AeroMobil.
. . . and in car configuration.
The consensus among its test pilots is that the AeroMobil is really easy and fun to fly. It starts with the feeling of pure exhilaration derived from flooring the accelerator and climbing over 1200 feet per minute then flying at 160 miles per hour. The AeroMobil is highly stable in flight and offers pilots and passengers the comfort of a luxury automobile rather than the more spartan experience offered by most single-engine aircraft. Landings simply require leveling The AeroMobil close to the runway and reducing throttle. Once the AeroMobil’s wheels touch down on the runway, it has the feel of driving a car.
In the 'driving' seat.
The AeroMobil is designed to meet both aerospace and automotive regulatory requirements. When commercially introduced in 2023, The AeroMobil will have undergone over a decade of design and development, including flight testing of three functional prototypes and over 300,000 hours of engineering on the latest version. Its passenger compartment will also satisfy automotive crash safety requirements, which are significantly more stringent than those for aircraft.
Patrick Hessel concluded, “The successful performance of The AeroMobil in passing these critical governmental certification tests brings the commercialization of a new luxury supercar, equally at home in the air or on the road one step closer to reality. When it comes to market in 2023, it will be the coolest thing on four wheels ever commercialized, providing unlimited freedom of travel.”
The one-minute commercial reflects the unique feeling of exhilaration that a flying car can bring to drivers and passengers alike, such as during take-off when flooring the accelerator and climbing over 1200 feet per minute, then flying at 160 miles an hour above both traffic and stunning scenery below.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 1st April 2021 | Issue #599
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