Czechpilot Pavel Brezina has produced a “GyroDrive”, a small helicopter that global automakers can compete for instead of creating a flying car while competing for the first flying car market swoop.
Engineer and owner of Nirvana Systems, a company that produces engines for small flying machines, insists on the first vehicle in the world that the vehicle is authorized for the first time in both roads and air.
Brezina said in a statement to the AFP at a airport in Prerov-Bochor in the eastern Czech Republic, “This is the only way I know is a certified flying vehicle.”
“Everyone is trying to make a fast car that can fly, but this is something different,” he said.
The GyroDrive tool works on a gyro-lane, a mini-helicopter that uses an aircraft-type “propeller” to move back and forth and a helicopter-style rotor to move up and down.
Brezina’s company buys Gyroplane sets from a German company and then assembles and equips them with a system that allows the pilot to switch between a petrol engine pushing the rotors and an electric motor driving the wheels.
The maximum speed of the two-seater GyroDrive is only 40 km / h (25 mph) and can take its crew to a petrol station or a hotel for short trips.
It takes less than 100 meters (110 yards) to get off and is reached at a speed of 180 km / h in the air. Flight distance is 600 kilometers.
After landing, the pilot must drive the main rotor blades along the axis of the GyroDrive and pull an internal plate to make it a land vehicle.
Prices start at € 1.5 million (€ 57.000, $ 63.500), but depending on the condition, they can reach four million.
Brezina’s wife – a pilot – and plans to put two of her children on GyroDrives, but the inventors around the world are working on the prototypes of crazy flying cars.
In neighboring Slovakia, the AeroMobil company has announced that customers have ordered dozens of cars for a flying car expected to hit the market in 2020.
AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik said, “We want to build a vehicle that does not just fly and drive, but also fulfills every technical and legal requirement,” he said, referring to a “solid test program.”
In his statement to AFP, he said that AeroMobil initially planned to produce 500 wing cars using a turbo propeller to land at.
AeroMobil is expected to reach a top floor speed of up to 160 km / h and 360 km / h in the air with a flying and driving distance of about 700 km.
In mid-May, Toyota also announced plans to launch a three-wheeled plane called SkyDrive using Toyota’s retractable wings and drone technology.
It is expected that the vehicle will travel at a speed of about 100 km / h while traveling about 10 meters away. It will have a land speed of about 150 km / h.
Kitty Hawk, the flying vehicle startup in Silicon Valley, was announced to be supported by Google’s founders Larry Page, and a video of the cool prototype was released in April and this year announced a “personal flying machine” delivery plan.
Other companies, including Uber, the driving-sharing service, also have increased ambitions for flying vehicle prototypes.
Brezina got the license plates for his GyroDrive in March, three years after starting the project.
For the first round, he flew to an airport 230 kilometers west of the skirts of Prague and then drove the city center to drink a cup of coffee at Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital – and was stopped by the police on the way.
Brezina, “If you see this when you drive from Prague, will you not stop?” He giggles Brezina added that the police are only checking the newspapers and testing alcohol.
Brezina, with a group of friends from AFP, said that there have been helicopters flying safely in Europe over the last seven years and everywhere afterwards.
“I want to be like a motorcycle group, actually a 3D motorcycle, and we’re going to the other continent where we rented jacks,” he said.
Brezina said that when we looked at the future, GyroDrive was suspicious of taking over the roads and airways.
“The first one needs certain qualities to become a gyro-pilot, and second, I do not just push a button, I think it’s going to expand, but it’s not on a mass scale.”
Co-financed by the Slovak government, AeroMobil will not be everybody’s flying car because of the water-tightness price tag for each person of 1.2-1.5 million euros ($ 1.35-1.7 million).
Vaculik will serve more as part of a “flying Über service”.
“Our concept adds that although many people do not have this flying car, many people will be able to use it.”