This is SO cool!
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam and wished you could just invent a flying car to skip past all of that? Well, someone ACTUALLY did it! Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino amateur engineer, decided he got tired of traffic jams and built a flying car.
It took him six years and backing from enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Initially, the idea was to build something like a hoverboard, where you can stand on it and steer it using a remote control.
But during the development stage, it evolved into the flying car.
Filipino builds flying car in his backyard
Mendiola has recently completed the first successful test flight of the flying car called “Koncepto Millenya”. The ultralight aircraft was flown about 25 feet above the ground.
“’We’ve been having bad weather so it took as a while after our deadline before we can finally show it to our followers. But after two months of tuning, here it is. I hope everyone will give this vehicle a positive reaction. This was only a dream for us five years ago,” Mendiola shared in a YouTube video.
Koncepto Millenya is designed to carry one person and is similar in design to a drone. Mendiola chose to build it using a metal frame with a carbon fiber shell, commonly used in aircraft engineering.
The current prototype runs on batteries, which allows it to fly for 12 to 15 minutes, with two-and-a-half hours of charging time.
Mendiola described Koncepto Millenya as a “flying car type of vehicle that uses drone technology or multi-copter technology to fly. It’s like a drone car.”
Flying car just the first of many
According to Mendiola, he wanted something much more ostentatious for his prototype but through trial and error, he could not pull off anything fancier.
“I wanted it to be a sports car, a flying Lamborghini, maybe. The design was a trial and error process. Some materials burned up on use. Other materials didn’t quite work.”
Now, his plan is to mass produce Koncepto Millenya, and he plans on introducing a two-seater version for the market. He is currently looking for buyers and investors to manufacture and distribute his flying car commercially.
Watch the test flight here!
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