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The Sky’s the Limit: FAA Clears Path for the World’s First ‘Flying Car’

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Alef Aeronautics, a car company specialising in flying cars, has made history by receiving legal approval from the US government to fly. The announcement came as Alef Aeronautics obtained a Special Airworthiness Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as confirmed by reputable aviation law firm Aero Law Centre.

This certification marks a significant milestone, as it is the first time a vehicle of this kind has been officially certified in the United States. Alef Aeronautics’s achievement paves the way for the future of flying cars and highlights their commitment to innovation and advancing the boundaries of transportation technology.

Limitations to Fly

“The FAA is actively working on its policies for electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, as well as governing interactions between eVTOLs and ground infrastructure,” Alef Aeronautics said in a statement.

“Alef’s Special Airworthiness Certificate, therefore, limits the locations and purpose for which Alef is permitted to fly,” the statement added.
Alef Aeronautics’s flying car is based in San Mateo, California, and is fully electric, capable of carrying one or two occupants. With its ability to fly over stopped traffic and accident-prone roadways, it presents a novel solution to transportation challenges. The cost of the flying car is estimated to be around $300,000.

The First Real Flying Car with Ambitious Delivery Timeline

The company showcased a full-sized sports car model along with two working full-size technology demonstrator cars in October 2022. This display of their progress generated significant interest, resulting in over 440 pre-orders for their vehicles from both individuals and corporate consumers.

According to reports, Alef Aeronautics aims to start delivering flying cars to customers by the end of 2025. This ambitious timeline reflects their commitment to advancing the field of transportation technology and making flying cars a reality for consumers.

“Alef is aiming to deliver the first real flying car in history, and to receive so many early pre-orders is an incredible validation of the market potential we’re looking to satisfy,” Jim Dukhovny, Alef’s CEO, said in a statement.

Pioneering a Versatile Flying Car for Urban and Rural Roads”

Alef Aeronautics is actively developing their flying car to be suitable for driving on both regular urban and rural roads. This means that the car is designed to navigate everyday roadways, allowing for seamless integration with existing transportation infrastructure. Moreover, it is worth highlighting that the flying car can be parked in a standard parking space and comfortably fit inside a regular-sized garage, adding to its practicality.

To ensure safety and comply with regulations, the flying car is classified as a low-speed vehicle and is not intended to exceed speeds of 25 miles per hour on paved surfaces.

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