Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Aeromobil 3 flying car crashlands in Slovakia - pilot-inventor Stefan Klein lands it with vehicle's parachute

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Earlier this month, a promising flying car suffered a moderate setback with a crash-landing. The Aeromobil 3.0, the latest prototype, was being piloted by co-founder and inventor Stefan Klein on a test flight when it seems to have stalled and fell into a tailspin.

Photo of the crashlanded Aeromobil - pilot safe

The company released a press statement and said development will continue as planned, but there was no mention of the release date of the commercial version which is expected to be in 2017. Aeromobil was designed to be primarily a light aircraft with moderate road capabilities. It is best for those who can drive to and from a local airfield and can keep the vehicle at home.

There have been other car-plane attempts in the past, but this is the most promising one at present.

Aeromobil on another test flight
Aeromobil has released fact sheets of what the Aeromobil's capability, capacity and other features as Aircraft and as a Car separately.

Aeromobil fact sheet

Aeromobil crashlanded with a full vehicle parachute deployed, so the pilot was inside the vehicle whenit came down, but was unhurt. The following is a photograph of a Maverick car-plane which has a parachute and may be a representation of what the Aeromobil's parachute would look like.
Maverick car-plane
AeroMobil states the the prototype phase of vehicle development naturally includes the likelihood of an unexpected situation, and took to twitter to quote Henry Ford that the "only real mistake is one from which we learn nothing".

"This is a learning period which allows us to detect and subsequently refine our design," the team clarifies. "It is necessary to test the prototype in every way possible to establish its limits and to improve on them. The flight recording details will help us learn from the data and improve the performance of the vehicle."

Speaking at the South by Southwest conference earlier this year, company founder Juraj Vaculik told conference attendees that he believed regulation would ultimately accommodate flying cars, which he suggested may even be piloted automatically within a decade.

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