Man has been toying with the idea of flying for over the past many centuries now. For many, the ability to fly symbolizes freedom which explains the fascination of most with this primeval fantasy. Advancements in aviation technology has somewhat translated this fantasy into reality over the years. However, not many have been able to afford such a luxury on an individual level. This has forced most enthusiasts to stay closer to ground whereby cars and bikes have had to suffice. There is finally good news, though, as a new flying car spreads it wings in Slovakia.
The stylish new blue-and-white flying vehicle is a ride for two and measures a total of 20 feet in length. That means fitting it in your garage won’t be much of a problem. It also makes stopping at a filling station for refueling less uncanny. Plus, you could conveniently resort to flying if you are stuck in a traffic jam.
Engineer Stefan Klein and Slovak designer have been working on the flying car ever since the early 90’s. The inspiration is said to have been derived from books on the subject of flying written by French authors, Antoine de Saint Exupery and Jules Verne.
Klein’s fascination with flying is something that seems to run in the family. The car designer for BMW, Volkswagen and Audi said, “Flying’s in my blood — my grandfather and my father flew ultra-light aircraft and I got my pilot’s license before I was old enough to drive a car.”
Such switchable vehicles may not pose much threat to competitors in regards to energy consumption but the ability to glide by security checks and traffic jams is an interesting prospect. SFUL president Federation Milan Ciba is strict about prospective users following legislation, “Pilot/drivers will need to have both a driver’s and pilot’s license with at least 25 flying hours.”
While Klein does not expect mass production of these ultra-light aircraft, he is confident that they will make lives easier. So then, when are you getting yours?