(Vienna, Wednesday 29 October, 2014) – An advanced prototype of the flying roadster AeroMobil 3.0 was unveiled today in Vienna during the Pioneers Festival that celebrates entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.
AeroMobil 3.0 prototype was designed and manufactured by engineers led by chief designer and CTO Stefan Klein and CEO Juraj Vaculik, co-founders of the company, in just 10 months after the release of the previous and much more basic pre-prototype of the flying car, the AeroMobil 2.5.
“I’m very happy with what we were able to achieve in such a short time with the team of only 12 people. AeroMobil 3.0 is not the end of a challenging project, it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure which may change the way how we look at the personal transport in the future.” – says Stefan Klein, Co-Founder and CTO of the AeroMobil company.
“I believe that AeroMobil will inspire new ways of thinking about personal travel. It may really enable new ways of travel, advancing it to a new level. We are set to reinvent the flying car without constraints and deliver excitement through unique technical solution and design.” – says Juraj Vaculik, Co-Founder and CEO of the company.
"Being a pioneer is about faith, courage," says Jurgen Furian, Co-Founder of Pioneers. “as well as about persistence. At Pioneers Festival we seek to inspire people by showing what is possible if you believe in yourself. Stefan, Juraj and the whole team of AeroMobil opened a new chapter in the history of aviation and we’re very proud that they chose Pioneers Festival to present AeroMobil 3.0 to the public.“
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
AeroMobil, the flying car, is the core product of the Slovakia based company AeroMobil. It has been in development since 1989, when Stefan Klein, the founder and head of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia began working on a concept of a flying car. In 2010, Klein joined forces with Juraj Vaculik and established the company with the objective of commercializing the project.
The company and the project reached a key milestone during the summer of 2013, when they finished and successfully demonstrated the functionality of the pre- prototype AeroMobil 2.5. This pre-prototype was certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying (SFUL) in accordance with authorization issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Slovak Republic. It incorporated most of the key technical features that have been envisioned for the final commercial product and was mostly used for testing and optimization of the functionality of the core product. The AeroMobil 2.5 pre-prototype was publically revealed to the expert public at SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal, Canada.
The current flying car prototype AeroMobil 3.0 incorporates significant improvements and upgrades to the AeroMobil 2.5. It is now finalized and is being tested in real flight conditions since October 2014. Initially certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, it now entered a regular flight-testing program.
The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype is very close to the final product. It is predominantly built from the same materials as the final product, such as advanced composite materials for the body shell, wings, and wheels. It also contains all the main features that will be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.
Currently the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype will serve two main purposes. First, it will be used to test and improve the final performance, features, and characteristics. Second, it will be used for initial marketing purposes, including presentations at major trade shows.
The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype has been largely developed in such a way that would enable the company to certify (homologate) the vehicle in the European Union, according to the existing car and airplane regulatory requirements for a small series category M1 car and light sport aircraft (LSA).
AeroMobil was designed in a way to fit into existing road infrastructure – its size is comparable to a limousine
or a large luxury sedan. It has low maintenance costs and can be parked in regular parking slots in cities. It uses standard gasoline instead of kerosene, and it can therefore be fuelled at a regular gas stations.
AeroMobil also implements a number of other advanced technologies, such as a variable angle of attack of the wings, which significantly boosts the efficiency of take-off and shortens the take-off requirements, and sturdy suspension, which enables take-off and landing at relatively rough terrain.
A key reason why AeroMobil, s.r.o. has reached, from both technological and business-development perspective, a much more advanced stage than any other attempt to build a flying car, is the company’s continuous focus on involving leading global experts, entrepreneurs and businessmen. The company has established a wide network of leading global experts in practically every relevant area of functional and technical expertise.