Even though we have thought of the idea of flying a car from many decades, having scripted the thought in the Hollywood films “The Absent-Minded Professor” and its remake “Flubber”, there was always something afoot when it came to flying a car. That something in the movies was the unique rubbery substance called Flubber, but when taken off the big screen, how to make a car fly has been a question on many minds for several years.
Aeromobil has figured out the science of flying a car and has released its fourth version, the Aeromobil 3.0 to show what a flying car can be. It may be confusing why the 3.0 is the fourth version; the first three were 1.0, 2.0 and 2.5 respectively. Aeromobil is a Slovakian company that is hell bent on being able to have their cake and eat it too by offering flying cars to the world. Many of these flying cars receive clearance to be operated, but it takes several years to receive that clearance from local aviation authorities.
Is the Aeromobil the future of flying and driving? That is hard to say; imagine a world where a new set of driving skills in the form of flying skills are needed for everyday commutes to and from work, or just to get to the next town more quickly than ever before. That could really take some getting used to for those who are driving these flying cars that can do it all.
The Aeromobil 3.0 is small enough to fit in a standard parking space and is powered by a four-cylinder engine which produces 100 horsepower. The body structure is made mostly of carbon fiber to keep the weight down, but give the vehicle enough weight to be steady on the road. The engine is made by Rotax and can reach a top speed on the road of 99 mph with a top speed in the air of 124 mph. The wings fold down like insect wings to ensure the vehicle can fit adequately on the road as much as in the air. One of the best features of this flying car is the fact it runs on regular gasoline instead of jet fuel, making it very efficient and easy to enjoy. This vehicle only needs a 250 meter runway to take off and a 50 meter one to land, making it very adaptable to smaller airstrips.
The Aeromobil 3.0 has a unique design that when driven on the road looks a bit like a futuristic sports coupe with two seats. This beauty certainly gives way to the thought of being able to fly and drive the same vehicle, which is still a question as to whether the world is ready for such a vehicle to be main stream and ready for a mass production.
Until the Aeromobil 3.0, or any future version is made to be a production model vehicle most of us will still have to enjoy our cars that don’t take flight (at least not on purpose), but for a few who are willing to wait the three years, the Aeromobil makes a great weekend play vehicle to enjoy the exhilaration of flying and driving.