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This Is The World's First Practical Flying Car
Business Insider ^ | 06/10/2013 | Kyle Russell

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: aerospace; automakers; aviation; flight; flyingcar; invention
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1 posted on 06/10/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Pictures from Google Images:


2 posted on 06/10/2013 7:38:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder what the insurance premiums will be for this...


3 posted on 06/10/2013 7:40:33 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: SeekAndFind

I want one!


4 posted on 06/10/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SeekAndFind

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.

http://www.terrafugia.com/tfx-vision


5 posted on 06/10/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fat wings equal slow cruise speed.


6 posted on 06/10/2013 7:42:54 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

RE: I want one!

$148,000 today. You must be a rich man !!


7 posted on 06/10/2013 7:43:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
That is the old model. They are talking about the TF-X.


8 posted on 06/10/2013 7:44:00 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 06/10/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Practical? This is one of the worst ideas ever, ever, ever.
10 posted on 06/10/2013 7:44:56 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: SeekAndFind

Demo video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bp2TWNpTA7s


11 posted on 06/10/2013 7:45:03 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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THE TF-X FLYING CAR




12 posted on 06/10/2013 7:46:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SW6906

Is there a way to classify a vehicle so the safety requirements match that of a motorcycle?


13 posted on 06/10/2013 7:46:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind
We wont have a practical flying car until the anti-gravity machine has been perfected.
14 posted on 06/10/2013 7:46:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I read about these flying cars in Popular Mechanics magazines from the early 50’s.


15 posted on 06/10/2013 7:46:49 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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I’d like to see the controls, rudder pedals are also the brakes. The throttle is the same for the engine and elect drive?


16 posted on 06/10/2013 7:46:50 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind
That is the early model, this is the one they are calling "practical"

Supposedly the new model does not require the usual pilot training and can land itself.

17 posted on 06/10/2013 7:47:05 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: ottbmare
RE: Practical? This is one of the worst ideas ever, ever, ever.


18 posted on 06/10/2013 7:47:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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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.


19 posted on 06/10/2013 7:48:16 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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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....


20 posted on 06/10/2013 7:48:26 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Needs some whiskers...


21 posted on 06/10/2013 7:55:32 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Back in the day, we called these “airplanes”.


22 posted on 06/10/2013 7:58:05 AM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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HA! Wheels. How 18th century. Why, it doesn’t even come with a pet monkey in a space suit.


23 posted on 06/10/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: central_va

Also high lift at slow speeds. . .a plus for short takeoffs and landings.


24 posted on 06/10/2013 8:00:59 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SeekAndFind
Totally bogus claim. Here's the REAL world's first practical flying car:


25 posted on 06/10/2013 8:02:38 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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Lousy car and lousy plane. That’s the problem.


26 posted on 06/10/2013 8:02:54 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The demo video shows the propellors folding up for “cruising speed”. I guess it becomes a jet aircraft at that point.


27 posted on 06/10/2013 8:03:42 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: SeekAndFind
This one shows promise:


28 posted on 06/10/2013 8:05:37 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Hulka

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...


29 posted on 06/10/2013 8:06:47 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Where did you catch me in that uncomprimising position?


30 posted on 06/10/2013 8:07:47 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: central_va

They are claiming 200 mph with a range of 500 miles.


31 posted on 06/10/2013 8:10:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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Noodleplaning?


32 posted on 06/10/2013 8:10:43 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Hulka

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....


33 posted on 06/10/2013 8:11:49 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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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....


34 posted on 06/10/2013 8:13:21 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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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.


35 posted on 06/10/2013 8:13:53 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: central_va

Are you looking at the old version or the new design? Both pictures were posted in this thread.


36 posted on 06/10/2013 8:16:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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Excellent.....


37 posted on 06/10/2013 8:17:24 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > =====>)
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They old one, the Transition, does have top speed 100 knots

http://www.terrafugia.com/aircraft/transitionR


38 posted on 06/10/2013 8:17:49 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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Maybe in a power dive it’ll go 200 knots....

Maybe they are adding a hurricane tail wind.

39 posted on 06/10/2013 8:18:49 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > =====>)
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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.


40 posted on 06/10/2013 8:19:48 AM PDT by petercooper
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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.


41 posted on 06/10/2013 8:22:52 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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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


42 posted on 06/10/2013 8:35:37 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Drawsing
The demo video shows the propellors folding up for “cruising speed”. I guess it becomes a jet aircraft at that point.

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.

43 posted on 06/10/2013 8:36:52 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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The problem is 98% of the people can’t handle 2 dimensions, adding a 3rd will be a blood bath.

Absolutely.

44 posted on 06/10/2013 8:49:18 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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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.

45 posted on 06/10/2013 8:49:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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It’s going to be rough getting through class B airspace.


46 posted on 06/10/2013 8:49:54 AM PDT by Signalman
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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.

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.

47 posted on 06/10/2013 8:51:35 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! *wipes eyes*

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.

48 posted on 06/10/2013 8:56:36 AM PDT by pabianice
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I’d rather be seen in this than a smart car.


49 posted on 06/10/2013 8:57:04 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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—there’s no way the rear can meet
—the safety standards for rear impact.

Or side impact
Unless it’s registered as a motorcycle (helmet laws?)


50 posted on 06/10/2013 9:20:18 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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