European manufacturer AeroMobil announced yesterday that its flying supercar had met several key requirements for certification to EASA CS23.
The vehicle, which has been in development for over 10 years, successfully demonstrated compliance in terms of airworthiness, flight performance and stall speeds.
“The successful performance of the AeroMobil in passing these critical governmental certification tests brings the commercialisation of a new luxury supercar, equally at home in the air or on the road one step closer to reality," said Patrick Hessel, AeroMobil Chairman and CEO.
"When it comes to market in 2023, it will be the coolest thing on four wheels ever commercialised, providing unlimited freedom of travel.”
The AeroMobil is powered by a 300-hp turbo-charged engine connected directly to a pusher propeller with ground-adjustable pitch.
AeroMobil believes the vehicle will cruise at around 120 KTAS and have a climb rate of 1200 fpm. It's expected range in flight is 400 nm and it will land in 300 m and take-off in 400 m.
Anecdotal evidence provided by test pilots say the vehicle is very stable in flight and easy to land.
AeroMobil expects to bring the vehicle to market in 2023 along with a sell price expected to be over $US1 million.