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A manufacturer of "flying cars," which are in actuality airplanes with folding wings that are road capable.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's AeroMobil s.r.o. AeroMobil page on 16 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The AeroMobil s.r.o. AeroMobil (variously also styled Aeromobil and AEROMOBIL by the manufacturer) is a Slovak prototype roadable aircraft, designed by Štefan Klein and first flown in 2013. The aircraft will be produced by AeroMobil s.r.o..

AeroMobil s.r.o. company co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculík indicated in March 2015 that the vehicle is intended for "wealthy supercar buyers and flight enthusiasts". Vaculik expects the aircraft will be available for sale in 2017.

The prototype was conceived as a vehicle that can be converted from an automobile to an aircraft. The version 2.5 proof-of-concept took 20 years to develop, and first flew in 2013. The prototype was constructed by the AeroMobil Team, based in Bratislava, Slovakia and led by co-founders Štefan Klein and Juraj Vaculík, advised by inventor Dean Kamen.

As of 2013, there have been four developmental versions of the Aeromobil, 1.0, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0, with earlier versions lacking folding wings, while later versions have folding wings and fins around the wheels. Version 2.5 was first exhibited in Montreal at the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition. Version 3.0 was introduced at the Pioneers Festival 2014 in Vienna, Austria, and flew in October 2014. The designers intend to include a ballistic parachute.

In 2014 the company said there is no date for a finished product, but in 2015, after the crash of the prototype, they hoped for deliveries by 2018.


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6 May 2015
Whats New Aeromobil
Todd Grosshans, VOA News
Duration: 1:00
Flying cars could soon be a reality. VOA's Todd Grosshans reports.
Download Whats New Aeromobil from VOA News - 28.6MB


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 March 2015AeroMobil Says Flying Car Available by 2017VOA News




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