While the rest of world is dealing with an economic crisis induced by the pandemic, India is adding feathers to its cap. In such a development, India has turned a dream into a reality with the launch of Asia’s first flying car. Recently, Chennai-based firm, Vinata Aeromobility, unveiled the prototype of Asia’s first hybrid flying car at the Helitech Expo – Excel, London.
A glimpse of Asia’s first flying car
Soon after the launch, Vinata Aeromobility also took to its channel on YouTube to release a video of the digital prototype of the flying car. The video showing a glimpse of the cabin and the seating arrangement of the flying car unveiled that two people can be accommodated at a time. It also features doors that open upright, like wings.
It also possesses a huge vertically placed digital touchscreen system that can be brought into use for navigation above which are placed the three horizontal screens that perform various functions including weather information. With the high-quality materials, the seats appear quite comfortable.
The made in India flying car has a Co-axial quad-rotor. Weighing around 1100kg, the vehicle can handle a maximum takeoff weight of 1300kg. With the flying limits of 60 minutes at a top speed of 120 kmph and a maximum height of 3,000 ft from ground level, the flying car depicts the commendable work done by Vinata Aeromobility.
Indian aviation industry touching new highs
Ever since Modi Government stormed back into power in 2019, it has been focusing on the Civil Aviation Industry providing a major boost to the particular sector. Earlier reported by TFI, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman inducted few policies and initiatives that focused on making the country self-reliant in the aviation sector. The government aimed at making India a hub for aircraft financing and leasing activities.
The low-cost airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet, in 2019, had planned to induct more than 500 aircraft with which the domestic aircraft industry was assumed to get a significant boost. The FDI norms in the aviation, media and insurance sector were also relaxed by the government to attract more capital.
PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ Initiative
It is under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ Initiative that manufacturers from various sectors including aviation have turned to India as their destination to disrupt the existing global supply chains. Moreover, Boeing announced setting up a factory to assemble fighter planes, defence helicopters, as well as the manufacture of the F/A-18 Super Hornet in India.
The production-linked incentive (PLI), launched in March 2020, incentivized 13 sectors with a total outlay of 1.97 lakh crores. The Indian government approved the PLI scheme for the drone and automobile sectors.
With the revolutionary launch of first flying car which is expected to become reality in 2023, India has added one more feather to its cap. Vinata Aeromobility has once again proven that Indian firms have the capability to compete on the global stage. Even though the Indian firm has come a long way, but the journey is far from over.