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NowCar SkySurfer eVOTL Aircraft

A Review of Urban Aircrafts We've Seen Over the Last Half-Decade

Written By, Jordan R

The further we get into the 21st century, the more we see the possibility of potential urban aircraft. We’ve seen the likes of personal aircraft concepts and commercial concepts from privately owned groups and large automotive group Hyundai Motor, and a new form of aircraft that sounds like it’s straight out of a Marvel movie. Here is a review of the potential air mobility vehicles we’ve seen in the past.


Two projects we haven’t heard much of would be the urban aircraft Skai, last heard of in 2019. Designed by the BMW Group, the BMW X5 is able to seat five passengers, about the size of a minivan, and comes with landing skids and an array of six horizontal rotors attached to the arms. Able to fly a range of 300 miles and travel at 62 mph, it’s easy to operate, controlled by a simple joystick. However, we haven’t seen any flying cars go into production.

Aircarby Klein Vision is another vehicle that promises the possibility of flight, already producing a prototype and logging in 70+ hours of flight tests, with 200 cross-country takeoffs and landings. A little closer to reality and designed via European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, the AirCar can also perform flight and performance maneuvers at 100 mph, with a nice cruising speed of 111 mph. Even with a four-seater, a twin-engine, and water-to-air variant planned, we haven’t seen anything else from Klein Vision.

Hyundai Motor Group – Supernal

The Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary Supernal is in charge of all Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concepts the company is working on. Its initial electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle cabin concept was presented in 2022, and then the first real model debuted in 2022- a five-seat cabin designed for commercial use in the United States as soon as 2028. In 2023, Supernal debuted its second concept, looking more like an airplane than an automobile. Designed with a total of eight propellers – two for liftoff and touchdown, and four for forward propulsion, this aircraft can complete 25- to 40-mile trips, and will eventually be engineered to achieve global commercial aviation.

Personal Aircrafts

All the way back in 2018, Blackfly was an interesting idea. Said to be the price of a standard SUV, this electric personal aircraft had potential. Powerful enough to lift the vehicle and a single passenger and fly a course of 25 miles is no easy feat. We saw how well the SkyCar has gone after promising flying cars by 2011. Having already tested the Blackfly over 10,000 miles flown with over 1000 tests operated remotely and autonomously, this was one urban aircraft that would hit the airwaves if it got backed by a large commercial automaker.

If flying solo sounds like the better option, it’s time to suit up, because the Green Globin glider from Spider-Man is more possible than previously thought. From an aircraft company called SkySurfer, an eVOTL urban aircraft has been designed to bring us real-life hover boards. With their roots in drones, it was only a matter of time before someone made them big enough to ride. Able to travel at a top speed of 65 mph for 20 minutes, able to lift 500 pounds and run on auto-pilot, this is the coolest thing we’ve seen in years. It’s pretty pricey, but who needs $85,000 anyway?

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