Advanced Prototype Flying Roadster AeroMobil 3.0 reveal
AeroMobil 3.0 prototype is designed and manufactured by engineers led by chief designer and CTO, Stefan Klein and CEO Juraj Vaculik, company co-founders. AeroMobil 3.0 prototype is built in 10 months after the basic pre-prototype AeroMobil 2.5 flying car was shown.
AeroMobil flying car has been in development since 1989. AeroMobil 2.5 pre-prototype was certified by Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying (SFUL) in adherence to authorization issued by Civil Aviation Authority of Slovak Republic, and was revealed to public at SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal, Canada.
Prototype AeroMobil 3.0 flying car incorporates improvements and upgrades, and is being tested in real flight conditions since October 2014. Certified initially by Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, it is now entered in a regular flight-testing program. Nearing its final version, prototype AeroMobil 3.0 is built from the same materials as the final product. This includes advanced composite materials for body shell, wings, and wheels, and main features such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system to be seen in the final flying car.
AeroMobil 3.0 prototype serves 2 main purposes, to test and improve final performance, features, and characteristics, and for initial marketing purposes, and for presentations at trade shows. AeroMobil 3.0 prototype built quality would help the company to certify (homologate) its flying car in European Union in accordance with existing car and airplane regulatory requirements for small series category M1 car and light sport aircraft (LSA).
Designed to fit existing road infrastructure size comparisons point to a limousine, or a large luxury sedan. Low maintenance costs, parking in regular city parking slots in cities, and use of standard gasoline instead of kerosene means one can refuel at a regular gas stations. Variable angle of attack of the wings significantly boosts efficiency of take-off, and shortens the take-off requirements. Sturdy suspension enables take-off and landing on relatively rough terrain.