Alef Aeronautics, a company specializing in automotive and aviation technologies, recently achieved a Special Airworthiness Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. This certification grants legal authorization for Alef’s flying cars to operate in the US airspace, marking a significant milestone as the first vehicle to receive a certificate in America.
The Aviation law firm Aero Law Center confirmed this noteworthy accomplishment, which highlighted the FAA’s active development of policies for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and regulations governing the interaction between eVTOLs and ground infrastructure.
Alef Aeronautics emphasized the specific limitations accompanying the Special Airworthiness Certificate, dictating authorized locations and purposes for their vehicles’ flights. The company expressed a solid commitment to adhering to these restrictions.
The Alef vehicle is designed as a versatile transportation solution, capable of both road driving and aerial flight, providing users with an alternative to navigating through traffic congestion. According to the company’s claims, the vehicle offers a driving range of 200 miles (322 km) and a flying range of 110 miles (177 km).