Bad news for the people hoping to see flying cars hit the road in the near future as another working prototype crashed down last Friday. AeroMobil had been working on successive prototype designs. This attempt was the third generation of such working flying cars. The plane went into a tailspin and forced the owner pilot of AeroMobil Stefan Klein into deploying the emergency parachute that slowed down the impact. However, the wreckage still suggests that the impact with the ground was immense. One the upside, we at least know that the brakes work! But don’t loose hope as the future still holds some promise.
We have introduced you to several designs of flying cars. Some were very practical and marketable in nature as they could perform well both as a car and a plane. However, there have been 2,000 or more attempts to make flying cars. Many of them were just planes that could behave like a car on the road. Aeromobil’s car is undergoing fast-track development, and the 3.0 prototype had been developed in recent times. After the failure, it is expected that the company will go back to the drawing board and solve the performance issues. The prototype was hovering at 300 meters when the pilot experienced serious problems and had to deploy the Advanced Ballistic Parachute System.
The AutoMobil was supposed to be made available to the public within two years, but no surprises if the date gets extended after the accident. However, the company is undeterred, and it wants to continue the development of its prized product come what may. The company also announced that the data from the crash will be used for further analysis.
The occurrence of these kinds of failures during tests and trials of aircraft is very common as we are only getting to know more and more about the craft. It is a learning curve the allows the design engineers to work with read time data for risk mitigation. So let’s hope these guys deliver the fantastic flying car to us in working shape. However, we did like the Carplane more due to its much better utility as a car.