Baykar’s Technical Manager and Turkey Technology Team Foundation (T3 Foundation) Chairman Selçuk Bayraktar developed the flying car. Cezeri stood caught the imagination of the visitors throughout the event. Project manager at Cezeri Robot, Ozan Yağcı became a prominent name at this year’s Teknofest, thanks to their product.
“Members of the International Vertical Flight Society are now curious about our prototype. They want to know what kind of vehicle it is,” Yağcı shared his enthusiasm while introducing Turkey’s first national flying vehicle to the visitors throughout the four-day festival.
Cezeri Robot, named after the 12thcentury Muslim inventor Ismail alJazari (Cezeri in Turkish), has been involved in hundreds of projects, including the giant air-land transport brands such as Boeing, Bell, RollsRoyce, the leading names of ridesharing such as Uber, and cargo companies like Amazon due to its unmanned aerial vehicle-based technology.
While the competitive race continues in the international arena, the flying car market is estimated to be worth $90 billion by 2026, according to Report Consultant. Finally, on Sept. 14, Germany’s Volocopter brand completed its project and successfully performed the flight test. So, what is Turkey’s position in this race?
Battery tech matters
Yağcı said Turkey was very close to flight tests and that they would concentrate on the testing process after Teknofest. “We are not following the trend but determining the trend. We have gathered serious experience in aviation for a while now. Our Bayraktar TB2 UAV flew around 150,000 hours. We have very advanced technologies in terms of both software and hardware,” Yağcı said.
“In aviation, there is a rule: to say that an aircraft is reliable, it must have flown 30,000 hours. Many international brands have made hour-based flights. We have achieved thousands of hours; therefore, we use proven flight algorithms. We own the critical components, the entire flight control system, the sensor and the structural system of this vehicle.
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