AeroMobil Unveils the Flying Roadster

Henry Ford said it best back in 1940: “Mark my word, a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”

While we have waited 75 years for his vision to come true, we now only have to wait a couple of more years until the flying car is an actual reality.

AeroMobil just unveiled a prototype of their Flying Roadster, which will hit the market in 2017.

AeroMobil just unveiled a prototype of their Flying Roadster, which will hit the market in 2017.AeroMobil just unveiled a prototype of their Flying Roadster, which will hit the market in 2017.

The Slovakia-based company’s flying wheels is a slick and sporty two-seater with foldable wings. With the press of a button the wings stretch out, and with the press of another button the wings fold in. You can drive the car on roads and highways and when you wish your luxury wheels can take flight with ease.

AeroMobil's flying car, which is 20 feet long and 7.5 feet wide, will travel up to 124 mph.

Štefan Klein and Juraj Vaculík are the inventors of the new powerful wheels with wings. The duo began working on their flying car concept back in 1989, shortly after Czechoslovakia’s communist empire tanked.

“We wanted to create a car and airplane without compromises,” says Vaculík. “We want to provide individuals with a new, interesting option for door-to-door personal transportation.”

Yes, their invention is certainly a new and innovative way for getting around.

Their car with wings has a flying range of  435 miles and will run on regular gasoline at the pumps. And each car is equipped with a parachute for emergency purposes, as well as an autopilot system. These wheels need a stretch of grassy runway of around 800 feet for take off, and almost 200 feet to land.

The Flying Roadster’s 2017 model will require drivers to have a Private Pilot License (PPL), and their later models of self-flying cars which will be launched more commercially for the masses over the next decade will only require an AeroMobil Sport Pilot License (SPL). Training and licensing requirements will vary from country to country.

AeroMobil flying car, which is 20 feet long and 7.5 feet wide, will travel up to 124 mph.AeroMobil flying car, which is 20 feet long and 7.5 feet wide, will travel up to 124 mph.

Vaculík says that the Flying Roadster does not have a price tag yet, but he expects it to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and it will more suit the lifestyle of “wealthy supercar buyers and flight enthusiasts.”

Over the next 10 to 20 years other models will be developed and the price will drop in a big way. Still however they will be expensive nonetheless.

So, will the Flying Roadster really take off and be a commercial success?

Vaculík admits that the big obstacle with launching the Flying Roadster will be with flight regulations, vehicle safety regulations and certifications and licensing.

A large number of countries like the USA have strict rules when it comes to flying and driving, but he is confident the invention will take flight eventually.

“We need to match 100 years of bureaucracy in the air and 100 years of bureaucracy on the ground. It's not easy,” says Vaculík.

The Flying Roadster is being tested daily to ensure it is safe for use before launching to the public.  

In a couple of years don’t be surprised when you see a vehicle next to you on the highway take off in the air.

There’s no doubt that you will be be amazed when you see it, and at first you probably won’t believe it.

As more people start utilizing the Flying Roadster they will become the norm in local and short-distance travel.

And yes, then everyone will want a Flying Roadster.


Highlights of the Flying Roadster

Engine: Rotax 912
Wings: Collapsible
Top Speed: 124 mph
Take-off speed: 81 mph
Range: 435 miles
Fuel Consumption: 15 1/h
Construction: Steel Framework and Carbon Coating
Dimensions: Width: 8320 mm; Length: 6000 mm
Capacity: 2 Seats