AeroMobil has taken the next step in the certification of their AeroMobil 4.0 Flying Car by applying for a Type Certificate with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
In 2019, AeroMobil will also seek to show compliance with the European Vehicle Certification Authority, proving both air and road-worthiness for the 4.0 Short Takeoff and Landing Flying Car. The AeroMobil 4.0 will be certified as a non-complex airplane with a takeoff weight of less than 1200kg, according to AeroMobil’s press release.
Doug MacAndrew, CTO of AeroMobil, stated that “we are delighted to be hitting this crucial milestone on schedule as we move towards manufacturing in the upcoming years. Building a flying car is incredibly complex and understandably EASA will be incredibly thorough when they analyse the design of our flying car, because this is a pioneering area of personal transportation. We are looking forward to working with EASA on the Type Certification process and showing how we’ve been able to incorporate the best aspects of automotive and aerospace technology into one design to deliver a vehicle that is both transformative, but also very much in line with the aerospace safety and regulatory requirements that exist today.”
AeroMobil is taking an incremental approach to the flying car industry, first directing their focus toward fixed-wing aircraft that are also road worthy. The next step for the company will be VTOL-capable aircraft, like the AeroMobil 5.0.
The Slovakian company also released new renderings of the AeroMobil 3.0 and 4.0 in flight:
Why it’s important: The formal application for a type certificate with EASA indicates the confidence that AeroMobil has in their products, and also that the company is ready to work with European regulators to certify a safe, efficient, and practical vehicle. Follow the certification process of the 4.0 STOL closely in 2019, as AeroMobil should serve as a relevant barometer for the relationship between EASA and urban aviation companies.
Learn more about AeroMobil and the company’s aircraft here: