|06-30-2010 03:52 PM|
The FAA has just awarded the Terrafugia Transition an exemption which will allow the 1,440-pound car/aircraft hybrid to fly under a "light sport" designation, even though it hits the scales at a hefty 120 lbs. more than the rules allow. A light sport pilot license only requires 20 hours of seat time - far less than what a full license would demand.
The vehicle is deemed a “roadable aircraft,” by its creators. It can drive on any flat surface and has foldable wings to transform the car into a personal plane. The plane can fly at 115 mph, with a range of about 460 miles.
Pictures of the Terrafugia Transition Flying Car.
Similar to earlier designs, like the AeroCar, the Transition will still require a runway to take off. The vehicle is light-weight, though did require the FAA exemption as it is about 110 pounds heavier than the legal limit for “light sport aircraft”. Options available include a large parachute capable of bringing the entire machine down gently in the event of an emergency.
The combination of roadability and less stringent licensing requirements for the light-sport category should make the Transition attractive to people who previously haven’t considered flying. But it gives up certain qualities of traditional small aircraft which typically are faster with greater range and higher cargo capacity.
Price? Terrafugia says it expects to begin delivering the Transition in late 2011 and it will cost about $194,000.
Airborne, you can expect speeds of 100 kts (115 mph), and road fuel consumption is a not unreasonable 30mpg. Payload is around 430 lbs and the cargo area has space for skis, fishing poles or golf clubs.
The wings can fold and deploy at the press of a button, and the Transition requires (with wings folded) garage space that's 6’ 9” tall, 80” wide and 18’ 9” long.
Here's a video of the Transition flying.
The Terrafugia completed its maiden voyage last March in upstate New York. According to its maker, the Terrafugia can transform from a roadable vehicle that can hit a highway speed of 65 mph to a winged aircraft in 30 seconds.
|06-30-2010 03:46 PM|
Terrafugia Transition Flying Car Pics & Video?
The Terrafugia Transition, dubbed the "world's first flying car," has just received the go-ahead from the FAA.
The flying car was created by Transition who dubbed the vehicle a "roadable aircraft:" it can drive on any surface, and, thanks to its foldable wings, can transform into a personal airplane.
Where can I see a video of the Terrafugia Transition Flying Car? Are there pictures of it?
The idea of a car like this has always been proposed but it never came to be. I hope this time they are successful and we start using flying cars to go to work everyday.
Is there a youtube video of the Terrafugia Transition?