Watch: Flying car takes to the skies

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The pre-production model AeroMobil 3.0 in car mode. Photo / AeroMobil

Have you ever wanted to live on a secluded beach somewhere, and avoid a daily commute battling through traffic to work every day? Your dreams could soon be a reality with the fantastic AeroMobil 3.0.

The AeroMobil is the world’s first production-ready flying car from Slovakian startup company AeroMobil.

The car-plane hybrid is the third generation model designed by Štefan Klein and Juraj Vaculík. The prototype has been in a regular flight-testing programme under real flight conditions since October 2014.

The vehicle fits into any standard parking space, uses regular fuel, and can be used on normal roads just like any standard car. In plane mode it requires only a few hundred meters of flat ground to take flight at 130 kmph and only 50 meters to land.

AeroMobil 3.0 in plane mode. Photo / AeroMobil
AeroMobil 3.0 in plane mode. Photo / AeroMobil

It has a top flight speed of 200 kmph and a range of 700 kilometres. The AeroMobil also includes avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.

The chassis is built from advanced composite materials that keep it lightweight and durable. The engine is the custom-made Rotax 912 with a specially designed transmission to switch power transfer between the wheels and propeller.

When the vehicle goes into commercial production it will not be cheap. According to the inventors it will cost less than a plane, but more than a sports car. You’ll also need both a drivers and private pilots licence.

Inside the AeroMobil 3.0. Photo / AeroMobil
Inside the AeroMobil 3.0. Photo / AeroMobil

To quote Henry Ford: “Mark my words: A combination airplane and motor car is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”