A flying car capable of reaching speeds in excess of 100mph (160kmh) and altitudes in excess of 8,000ft (2,500m) has been issued with an air qualification certificate by the Slovak Transport Authority.
The hybrid car aircraft, the AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and uses regular petrol pump fuel.
It took two minutes and 15 seconds to change from a car to an airplane.
The certification follows a 70-hour flight test and more than 200 takeoffs and landings, the company said.
“AirCar certification opens the door to the mass production of highly efficient flying cars,” said its creator, Prof Stefan Klein. “It’s official and final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.”
‘Beware Of Optimism’
In June, the plane completed a 35 -minute flight between the international airport in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.
The company told BBC News it plans “to fly to London from Paris in the near future”.
Dr Steve Wright, a senior research fellow in avionics and aircraft systems, at the University of the West of England, said the news was a “good step forward” for the company and made it “cautiously optimistic that I would see some AirCars one day but I think there is still a way to go “.
Other companies are also developing vehicles that can fly and be driven on the road.
The three-wheeled PAL-V Liberty, which flies like a gyrocopter, is legal on roads in Europe and is working towards European Union Aviation Safety Agency certification.
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