Hold Onto Your Parachute, This Landing Could Be Rough

Štefan Klein encountered an unexpected situation and activated the advanced ballistic parachute system at an altitude of approximately 300 meters (900 feet).
(Image: SMEsk)
Štefan Klein encountered an unexpected situation and activated the advanced ballistic parachute system at an altitude of approximately 300 meters (900 feet). (Image: SMEsk)

The inventor of the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype, Štefan Klein, ran into some car problems during a test flight over Slovakia, and when you’re flying, it’s a bit hard for roadside assistance to help.

The founders AeroMobil’s program were planning to begin selling the flying car as a light aircraft within two years.  Image: SMEsk

The founders of AeroMobil’s program were planning to begin selling the flying car as a light aircraft within two years. (Image: SMEsk)

While piloting the AeroMobil 3.0, company co-founder Štefan Klein had to deploy the aircraft’s parachute.

The safety measure did manage to slow his descent fast enough to save Klein’s life.

But the impact majorly damaged the craft itself.

Aeromobil 3.0—first test flight:

In a statement from AeroMobil: “During one of the test flights that took place on May 8, 2015, the inventor and test pilot, Štefan Klein, encountered an unexpected situation and activated the advanced ballistic parachute system in an altitude of approximately 300 meters (900 feet).”

The system has proved itself fully functional and landed the entire vehicle without any injury to the pilot.  Image: SMEsk

The system has proved itself fully functional and landed the entire vehicle without any injury to the pilot. (Image: SMEsk)

“The system has proved itself fully functional and landed the entire vehicle without any injury to the pilot. The detailed data and overall experience from this test flight will be thoroughly analyzed, and the results will be used in the ongoing R&D and improvements of the prototype. Testing of the current prototype 3.0 and further product development will continue after the replacement of the damaged parts.”

I’m not too sure if you could say landed the car as opposed to crashed. In the photos from it’s not clear if parts were removed or if it was the results of the crash, but one thing is clear—there is significant damage.

The founders AeroMobil’s program were planning to begin selling the flying car as a light aircraft within two years. With this accident, it will be interesting to see if this delays it.

the possibility and likelihood of an unexpected situation is a natural part of the testing program.  Image: SMEsk

the possibility and likelihood of an unexpected situation is a natural part of the testing program.
Image: SMEsk

In their statement, the company insisted the crash would not hold them back: “The possibility and likelihood of an unexpected situation is a natural part of the testing program. This is a learning period which allows us to detect and subsequently refine our design. It is necessary to test the prototype in every way possible to establish its limits, and to improve on them. The flight recording details will help us learn from the data, and improve the performance of the vehicle prior to our next flight test”.

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