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A Flying Car by Alef Aeronautics Wins FAA Certification

By 07/16/2023 7:53 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


Recently, a California start-up that is partially named after the first Hebrew letter and has a Jewish CEO and co-founder earned U.S. authority from the Federal Aviation Administration to test a flying car.

The Model A flying car from Alef Aeronautics has received an “airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, which is “the first time such a vehicle has obtained U.S. government approval to fly,” according to the Economist.

By the end of 2025, Alef hopes to begin selling its entirely electric vehicle, which has the ability to fly vertically and go on highways.

Jewish co-founder and CEO Jim Dukhovny of Alef has said that his inspiration for starting the business came from the Jewish idea of kindness. (The flying car in “Back to the Future,” he added, was another inspiration.)

According to the corporate website, the name “Alef” is derived from the first letter of the Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Syrian, and other alphabets, and it represents “the leading position Alef will eventually occupy in the hearts, minds, and garages of the public,” it said.

According to Architectural Digest, the vehicle has internal propellers that resemble drones and a promised range of 200 miles over land and 110 miles in the air.

Although this is not the first aircraft of its kind, Alef claims to be the first road-going, driveway-friendly electric vehicle with the ability to perform vertical takeoff and landing.

According to Newsweek, the flying automobile design involves the car rising up using eight rotating blades, which are followed by the complete car rotating on its side. “The world’s first flying automobile swings around to board an ‘airplane.


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