Aeromobil the flying car is the future

The first flying car I ever saw was the 1956 Moult Taylor designed Aerocar. There were only 4-5 Aerocars built.

The second flying car was the First Flying Car with No Pilot License Required, the Terrafugia transition.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Aeromobil debuted their flying car. The best Human Machine Interface so far in a flying car, the Aeromobil uses a unique glass cockpit system, with a display setup familiar to those in the aviation world and the necessary information pertaining to the automotive operation of the vehicle. The Aeromobil transforms seamlessly into the perfect display system for use in flight mode or driving mode.

The Slovakian start-up flying car is the first commercially available flying car and was unveiled in Monaco at the Monaco auto show. Be prepared to go to your Swiss bank; this flying car will set you back a cool $1.5 million. The race is on for the best flying car, the vehicle you can fly to work and then drive to your office, and back home again.

Aeromobil’s website carries the specifications for the flying car;

Size / Capacity / Weight
Automotive Dimensions – 5.9 m (L), 2.2 m (W), 1.5 m (H)
Aerospace Dimensions – 5.8 m (L), 8.8 m (WS), 1.4 m (H)
Max Take Off Weight – 960 kg (useable load 240 kg)

Power

AeroMobil – custom 2.0 l turbo charged 4-cylinder boxer ICE.
Dedicated electric front wheel drive system incorporating electronic differential.
Adaptive transmission delivering both road-going functionality and direct drive during the flight.
Automotive Power – 80 kW (110 BHP) via twin E Motors
Aerospace Power – 224 kW (300 BHP) via Turbo charged ICE (Euro 6)
Direct Drive variable pitch propeller (speed 2 400 rpm)
Overall Power plant weight 110 kg

Operating Range

Automotive Range (estimated using NEDC cycle) 4.2 l / 100 km
Aerospace Max Cruise Range ~750 km @ 75 % (1 200 m, ISA)
Fuel Capacity 90 ltr (95 RON Gasoline)

Performance

Automotive – Top speed 160 kph, 0-100 kph 10 sec.
Aerospace – Vs / Vc / VD – 112 / 259 / 360 km/h
MTOW Take Off Distance ground roll / 50 ft – 397 / 595 m

Safety

Airframe Parachute System
Occupant Restraint Systems – Airbags, Pyrotechnic Load limiting seat belts.
Integral Carbon Fiber Structure & Occupant cell.
Autonomous Flight via current autopilot technology (optional)

Key Features

Full transformation into flight mode in less than 3 minutes.
Adaptive Flight control surfaces and vehicle suspension for optimal take-off and landing.
Advanced controls and avionics in both Fly and Drive mode.

Certification Basis

Automotive: EWVTA / M1 (EU) & 49 CFR 571 (US)
Aerospace: CS 23 Rev 5/ELA 1 (EU) & 14 CFR 23 Rev 5 (US)

Wheels

Wheels Wheel and tyre size front: 165 / 65 / R15 on 15jx6 rim
Wheel and tyre size rear: 145 / 65 / R15 on 15jx4.5 rim

By | 2017-09-28T13:01:04+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Aviation and Aerospace|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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