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Bandung-made flying car prototype exhibited at Singapore Airshow


Jakarta, IO – A prototype of a flying car (taxi) born from the collaboration of Bandung-based PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) and Vela called Vela Alpha was exhibited at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday (20/2), per Detikcom, Fri (23/2).

The event was also attended by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. PTDI is currently applying for flightworthiness test with the Directorate of Airworthiness & Aircraft Operations (DKPPU) to obtain license for commercial operation.

“Hopefully the flightworthiness test application process for the Vela Alpha can run smoothly,” said Budi. Vela Alpha looks like a large drone that can accomodate one pilot and four passengers in a VIP-class configuration and 6 passengers in economy-class configuration.

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This flying car has eight propellers for upward lift, and one at the back for cruising. Using electric and hybrid power, it is suitable for use as air taxi operating in big cities. In electric mode it can fly the distance of 100 km and in hybrid mode up to 500 km. (rr)


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