SLOVAKIA - First Flight of Flying Car

Arno Froese

A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. 

Its creator, Prof Stefan Klein, said it could fly about 1,000km (600 miles), at a height of 8,200ft (2,500m), and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far.

It takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car into aircraft.

Prof Klein drove it straight off the runway and into town upon arrival, watched by invited reporters.

He described the experience as “normal” and “very pleasant.” 

In the air, the vehicle reached a cruising speed of 170km/h.

It can carry two people, with a combined weight limit of 200kg (31 stone). 

But unlike drone-taxi prototypes, it cannot take off and land vertically and requires a runway.

Dr. Stephen Wright, senior research fellow in avionics and aircraft, at the University of the West of England, described the AirCar as “the lovechild of a Bugatti Veyron and a Cesna 172.”

“I have to admit that this looks really cool—but I’ve got a hundred questions about certification,” Dr. Wright said.

“Anyone can make an aeroplane but the trick is making one that flies and flies and flies for the thick end of a million hours, with a person on board, without having an incident.

“I can’t wait to see the piece of paper that says this is safe to fly and safe to sell.”

-www.bbc.com, 30 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

While the success of this air-car is quite amazing, Dr. Wright has doubts that it will eventually be approved with the words, “safe to fly and safe to sell.” Flying in the air requires significantly more knowledge, talent, and training than driving a car on a street.

It is of interest that this originates from Slovakia, a nation not well known. The CIA Factbook records the population as 5.5 million, life expectancy 78 years, with an excellent credit rating. 

Slovak Štefan Banič is credited with inventing the parachute, and Ján Bahýľ is the inventor of the helicopter. The Catholic priest Jozef Murgaš on 27 April 1905 was the first in the world to transmit spoken word over the radio.

Today, inventions are skyrocketing, and the latest report is that communist China is leading the way.

Looking at the Bible, inventions are pictured in a rather negative way. Ecclesiastes 7:29 states: “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” We know from the prophetic Word that the ultimate invention will be the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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