Inspired by the dreamy books about flying by French authors Jules Verne and Antoine de Saint Exupery, Slovak designer and engineer Stefan Klein has been honing his flying machine since the early 1990s.
"Flying's in my blood - my grandfather and my father flew ultra-light aircrafts and I got my pilot's license before I was old enough to drive a car," said Klein, who has designed cars for BMW, Volkswagen and Audi and now teaches at the Bratislava-based Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
team are currently working on the next generation of Aeromobil that will go into production in a few months and hopefully receive Slovak Ultra Light Aircraft Certification (SFUL).
"Would-be users would have to follow the legislation already in place for ultra light aircraft," SFUL
president Federation Milan Ciba told AFP.
"Pilot/drivers will need to have both a driver's and pilot's licence with at least 25 flying hours," he
An enthusiastic pilot himself, Klein
remains down to earth when looking to the future.
"I don't expect Aeromobil to go into mass production, it will always be an alternative means of transport," Klein
"It can, however, be very interesting for countries with vast areas lacking infrastructure like Russia, China or Australia," he
This photo taken on December 17, 2013 shows Slovak engineer Stefan Klein posing with his car models in Bratislava, Slovakia.