A flying car is one of those dreams that, despite the fact that it’s impractical right now and probably always will be, keeps inspiring tinkerers and people who have made it their life’s work to get us all in the air. People like, say, Stefan Klein, and his Aeromobil concept car.
Looking To The Sky
The Aeromobile is a pretty straightforward idea: Klein has spent twenty years building and refining a vehicle that can both be a road-worthy car and a flying vehicle. As you might have guessed, that’s a bit more demanding than it sounds; Klein is essentially engineering a Transformer.
His current model is a steel tube frame with carbon fiber, making it absurdly light; just 980 pounds without passengers or cargo. And that’s not the only thing Klein claims to have fixed.
Looking For A Complication
First of all, Klein notes that his vehicle can fit into a standard parking spot with the wings folded, which is no mean feat in of itself. Secondly, Klein’s designed his vehicle to use gasoline to both drive and fly, meaning that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on aviation fuel. That in of itself, if the claim holds up, will mean that Klein’s vehicle is a lot easier to use for most people than other flying car concepts, although it does raise pollution concerns.
Learn To Fly
The fundamental problem, of course, is selling investors on the idea that mass-produced, the Aeromobil will be more than a curiosity. Klein possibly has a harder road in front of him than you might think; there have been a few flying car concepts over the years and none of them have, as you may have guessed, become mainstream vehicles. But Klein has hope, and if nothing else, he’s got an impressive piece of engineering.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.