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Flying Cars - the future is here
June 30, 2010

Remember being a little kid watching the Jetsons and Back to the Future 's Delorean and wondering if in our time we would ever actually live to see flying cars? Well it looks like we will and before long!

From the NewYorkDailynews.com
Terrafugia Transition, a flying car that converts from automobile to airplane, receives FAA approval
BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:19 PM

It's a car, it's a plane...it's both?

Terrafugia-Transition-Flying-Car-1.jpg

The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into an automobile, will soon go into production, according to Britain's Telegraph.

The vehicle received a unique exemption from the U.S. government, which allows the production models to be 110 pounds heavier than a normal "light sport aircraft."

Manufacturers could not fit in safety features, like airbags and crumple zones, within the 1,320 pound weight limit.

The exemption will make it easier and cheaper to get a license--A U.S. light sport pilot's permit only requires 20 hours of flying time.

The two-seater vehicle uses its front-wheel drive on roads at ordinary highway speeds. But once it arrives at an adequate take off spot, it can extend its wings, take off and glide through the sky at 115 mph.

The vehicle can go 460 miles and carry 450 pounds, but requires a runway that is at least a third of a mile long. It fits into a standard-sized garage.

The Transition has undergone development by startup firm Terrafugia, which was founded by MIT engineers in 2006.

According to the company, 70 people have ordered the Transition and have left a $10,000 deposit per vehicle. It is expected to retail for $194,000 and be delivered by the end of next year.

Terrafugia said one of the major perks of the Transition is that it can drive home if the vehicle is flying and encounters bad weather.

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Wow. Just, wow.

This would definitely shorten my morning commute and allow me to sleep in a little bit longer.

Posted by Lori on June 30, 2010 12:29 AM permalink Comments (3)

 

 

emily the biker pug commented June 30, 2010 4:59 PM

Neat little plane/car.
Many years ago I remember seeing one in a magazine but it never got to the production stage.
Lori you know how ancient I am and many years ago I got a private pilot license it required 40 hours and took me 60 to get it but 20 hours seems a bit too risky to have those things buzzing around with 20 hour pilots.
I would love to fly one.

 

 

2wildpugs commented July 1, 2010 12:19 PM

I am still pissed off that I do not have a personal jet pack by now. When I was growing up in the 70' s we were all but promised them. Even Gilligan got to fly around on one.

 

 

emily the biker pug commented September 16, 2010 5:01 PM

Lori just saw this plane in person at the local airport on sept.11
It is really cool to see in person the wings fold back very easily the technology and materials today are amazing wish I cold be around 100 years from now to see what will be available then.

 



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