AeroMobil releases footage of STOL AeroMobil 4.0
Flying car company AeroMobil has finished its first set of test flights and released never-before-seen footage of its STOL vehicle, AeroMobil 4.0 in flight.
The flight test programme began in September 2020, with an aim to adhere to the EASA’s CS23 requirements. AeroMobil CEO Patrick Hessel told Revolution.Aero that the company has completed “the most important phase”, ensuring principal flight parameters on its path to certification.
Hessel said the company has met several key EASA CS23 requirements governing airworthiness, top and stall speeds as well as achieving take-off within 1,300 ft (396m). The 4.0 also climbs 1,200 ft per minute. The latest prototype has had greater investment than its predecessors, the AeroMobil 2.5 and 3.0.
Potential customers will be able to take-off from their nearest airfield and land at their destination.
“What is notable is that the vehicle has now been designed to also be aesthetic as well as safe for an end customer,” he said.
Sitting at the intersection of aviation and automation, the AeroMobil 4.0 will target individuals who fly small aircraft – and therefore have a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) – or collect supercars. “There will be people who buy it as part of their collection and those that use it to fly to multiple destinations, cutting out intermediate modes of transport,” said Hessel.
At $1.7m per vehicle, customers could be tech billionaires and celebrities in the arts.
AeroMobil plans to enter commercial service in 2023, by which time it would have spent 10 years flight testing three functional prototypes and over 300,000 hours of engineering on the latest version.