Skip to comments.This Is The World's First Practical Flying Car
Posted on 06/10/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The idea of a flying car has fascinated dreamers and aviation geeks alike since humans first got off the ground with powered flight.
The concept has obvious advantages: the "go anywhere, anytime" freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis.
Featured in movies like Back to the Future and Blade Runner, this mode of transportation has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction due to the complexity of the drivetrain required and the training that would be needed to operate such a vehicle.
Now, a company called Terrafugia has put forward their vision for a practical flying car. Using electric-gasoline hybrid technology from the cutting edge of the automobile industry and autopilot technology adopted from the aviation industry, the company thinks they have what's needed to bring a flying car to the mass market.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
Wonder what the insurance premiums will be for this...
I want one!
TF-X is a fixed wing street-legal aircraft with electric ground drive and electric power assist on takeoff and landing.
TF-X will be able to recharge its batteries either from its engine or by plugging in to electric car charging stations.
TF-X will be capable of auto-landing at approved landing sites within approved weather limits.
Prior to departure, the operator selects a primary target landing zone and backup landing zones. If the TF-X calculates insufficient energy on board to conduct last minute aborts at the first two sites and safely navigate to and land at the third within a 30 minute reserve, or if the forecast weather in any of the three landing zones would be outside the allowable limits, or if any of the selected landing zones are in temporarily restricted airspace (TFRs), departure will not be allowed until appropriate landing zones are selected.
If manual operation (sightseeing) or changing weather causes the second backup landing zone to fall outside the range of the limits, the operator will be notified and prompted to select new landing zones within the new restrictions.
The TF-X operator will have final say over whether an approved landing zone is actually a safe place in which to land, and they may abort the landing attempt at any time.
Aborting the third landing at the end of an extended flight would result in the automatic declaration of an emergency and a horizontal (airplane-like) landing at the nearest airport.
Normal TF-X operations will be conducted only in non-tower controlled airspace (Class E and G) and on the ground. Operators who wish to operate in tower controlled airspace (Class B, C, or D) can get additional training.
Licensed TF-X operators will be allowed to apply to add new landing zones to an approved landing zone database.
TF-X will advise the operator if they are approaching restricted or tower-controlled airspace, or unnecessarily increasing the risk to human life (as could happen through carelessness, bad intentions, or if the operator becomes incapacitated). If the operator does not take the appropriate corrective action, the TF-X vehicle will automatically notify authorities by declaring an emergency on behalf of the operator.
Development of TF-X is expected to last 8-12 years. If you wish to be one of the first to own a TF-X vehicle, consider reserving a Transition® today. The Transition® will be delivered long before the TF-X is ready, and as loyal Terrafugia customers, Transition® buyers will be given the option to purchase TF-X vehicles before the rest of the public. The knowledge and experience you gain as a Transition® owner will help prepare you for TF-X, and your feedback on our first product will help us craft the second.
Fat wings equal slow cruise speed.
RE: I want one!
$148,000 today. You must be a rich man !!
I hate to say it but this thing will never get certified for use on roads because there’s no way the rear can meet the safety standards for rear impact.
Is there a way to classify a vehicle so the safety requirements match that of a motorcycle?
I think I read about these flying cars in Popular Mechanics magazines from the early 50’s.
I’d like to see the controls, rudder pedals are also the brakes. The throttle is the same for the engine and elect drive?
Supposedly the new model does not require the usual pilot training and can land itself.
This is really cool.
I started thinking about, do you need a pilots license, will the low flying sky become crowed, how long does it take for a full charge, does it use air fuel or ?....
These will be worked out, just wondering as I figure out when I could afford to buy one.
I’m sure it is possible they creatively weave through the rules somehow or use a special classification, but they’re calling it a car and it does have four wheels....
Back in the day, we called these “airplanes”.
HA! Wheels. How 18th century. Why, it doesn’t even come with a pet monkey in a space suit.
Also high lift at slow speeds. . .a plus for short takeoffs and landings.
Lousy car and lousy plane. That’s the problem.
The demo video shows the propellors folding up for “cruising speed”. I guess it becomes a jet aircraft at that point.
The cruise speed is probable not much higher than the speed you can drive on interstates. The only advantage is you can fly over congestion...
Where did you catch me in that uncomprimising position?
They are claiming 200 mph with a range of 500 miles.
I can remember flying a Cessna 150 at a IAS of 105 knots against a head wind and I was barely keeping up with the cars on the interstate. Kind of weird....
Unless that is a 2000 hp engine behind that fan no plane with stubby wings like that is going over 100 knots. Maybe in a power dive it’ll go 200 knots....
There will never be a practical flying car.
The problem is 98% of the people can’t handle 2 dimensions, adding a 3rd will be a blood bath.
The sad part is if flying cars ever do become popular, in the left lane of the top lane of 50 vertical lanes there will still be some @$$¶º|£ driving slowly and blocking the fast traffic behind them.
Are you looking at the old version or the new design? Both pictures were posted in this thread.
They old one, the Transition, does have top speed 100 knots
Maybe they are adding a hurricane tail wind.
Saw one of those idiots the other day- left lane doing 50 with a bumper sticker- “Get off my ass, I’m saving gas”. Fine, want to be a jackass and go under the speed limit- do it in the right lane.
Traffic is bad enough in two dimensions. Horrifying to think of nine jillion idiots late to work and buzzing at different speeds and altitudes in three dimensions.
until they solve the problem of air traffic control, midair collisions, cars running out of fuel and falling from the sky into people’s yards, etc... it wil never get off the goruns...so to speak. this is all so much pie in the sky
No, there's a large ducted fan behind the cabin for main propulsion. I'd guess that the pivoting wingtip props are mechanically coupled to the main engine through the wing roots.
The wingtip props are electric and battery powered. After lift and cruise speed, they operate as windmills to recharge the battery, then fold away.
It’s going to be rough getting through class B airspace.
I usually drive 60 on the freeway. Boosted mileage from 30 to 37 mpg.
But I always drive in the right lane. Except when passing, which I need to do surprisngly often.
The Terrafugia flies as well as an albatross walks. Barely, and in a straight line, using a 5,000 foot runway. This latest puff piece is pure scifi masquerading as news. Aside from the impossibility of this newest version working mechanically, it relies on the skills of a helicopter pilot to fly. Do readers have a clue about what is involved in getting a pilot's license? The average cost to become a private pilot -- rotorcraft/helicopter -- is over $18,000.
Shame on Business Insider. I applaud the kids who invented the Terrafugia for their imagination and tenacity, but hey! It doesn't work.
I’d rather be seen in this than a smart car.
—theres no way the rear can meet
—the safety standards for rear impact.
Or side impact
Unless it’s registered as a motorcycle (helmet laws?)
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