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Flying car closes in on FAA OK
Boston Hearald ^ | 8/15 | Boston Hearald

Posted on 08/16/2012 7:10:14 PM PDT by dalereed

Flying car closes in on FAA OK

Terrafugia already has more than 100 orders for its $279,000 aircraft

By Marie Szaniszlo Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Updated 4 days ago

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Four months after its debut at the New York International Auto Show, Woburn-based Terrafugia’s version of the “flying car” has buzzed into a second phase of testing, with hopes of obtaining final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration in the coming months.

If everything goes according to plan, the Transition could earn its light sport aircraft air-worthiness certificate this winter, allowing it to go to market. The first delivery is expected in September 2013, said Cliff Allen, Terrafugia’s vice president of sales.

“Our No. 1 priority right now is getting our certification,” Allen said.

Although the company has already received more than 100 orders for the $279,000 aircraft, it will produce an initial edition of 10 so that it can monitor them before beginning full production in 2014, he said. Nearly a quarter of the people who have placed deposits on the Transition so far do not have pilot’s licenses, Allen added.

“We find that interesting because it’s bringing new people into aviation,” he said.

For now, the Transition has been making 1 1⁄2-hour deployments from Plattsburgh International Airport, a former Air Force base in New York. Terrafugia chose the airport because it is uncongested and has an 11,000-foot runway, features that make it safe for test flights, Allen said. There, it has been doing climbs, descents and turns to make sure everything works, he said.

After those have been completed, the Transition will do compliance flights to show the FAA that the Transition has met all of the agency’s requirements, Allen said.

The final phase of test flights involves the most extreme maneuvers, including dive testing and spin testing, he said.

The Transition will also undergo drive testing in three-mile laps at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at higher and higher speeds for longer and longer times to ensure its durability, Allen said.

“They’re chasing a lifelong dream,” Semyon Dukach, one of Terrafugia’s board members and angel investors, said of the company’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained aeronautics engineers. “It’s an improbable dream. People have been talking about flying cars for 50 years. But they took a practical attitude from day one.

“Their No. 1 goal is to have a plane that’s safer than any other small plane,” he added, “and now it’s moving toward production.”

-— mszaniszlo@bostonherald.com


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For all those that have waited 50 years, it's finally here!!!!
1 posted on 08/16/2012 7:10:21 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Looks like a plane to me.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 7:12:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dalereed

My God, 98% of the drivers out there (and that’s a low estimate) can’t handle 2 dimensions and now we are going to add a 3rd.

It’s going to be a slaughter


3 posted on 08/16/2012 7:14:48 PM 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: cripplecreek

Looks like a plane, flies like a plane, lands like a plane, must be a duck.......


4 posted on 08/16/2012 7:16:29 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To1ExC—Pks


5 posted on 08/16/2012 7:16:41 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: dalereed

It’s not a flying car unless someone like George Jetson could fly it.


6 posted on 08/16/2012 7:17:04 PM PDT by DManA
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To: qam1

Little harder coasting to a stop if your engine quits at 1500 feet.


7 posted on 08/16/2012 7:20:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dalereed
The Spacely Sprocket looks more fun....


8 posted on 08/16/2012 7:26:19 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: dalereed

9 posted on 08/16/2012 7:32:40 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s one ugly car/plane/whatever. The Moller SkyCar at least has some sex appeal.


10 posted on 08/16/2012 7:34:23 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: dalereed
Flying car Folding Plane closes in on FAA OK

Fixed it.

11 posted on 08/16/2012 7:35:35 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: dalereed

Youngest daughter tried to fly our old 94 Buick. Every time I see her, I ask if I can borrow her car. I want to see how far her Honda can fly.


12 posted on 08/16/2012 7:37:26 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Yeah, but George Jetson could fold up his car and fit it into his briefcase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhF4gu87rn0

(At 00:50)

13 posted on 08/16/2012 7:38:46 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: cripplecreek
Little harder coasting to a stop if your engine quits at 1500 feet.

Oh, you'll coast to a stop, all right.

14 posted on 08/16/2012 7:39:03 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Doogle

Couldn’t tell how much crosswind there was, but it appeared to really crab to the right upon liftoff and the the left on final. And because of the shape of the body, there is considerable ground effect on the last foot or so before touchdown.
If it flies as sweet as it APPEARS to do in the video....and if I had a spare $280K I’d buy one and reactivate my license.


15 posted on 08/16/2012 7:40:29 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: cripplecreek
Take off role was 28 seconds, not something I'd write home about. Climb, maybe about the same as an old 150 on a hot day. How is this thing gonna do with some density altitude? I must have some Missouri blood in me somewhere....
16 posted on 08/16/2012 7:40:42 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger
I'm thinking I can figure out a cheaper way to go out in a blaze of glory. Here, hold my beer and watch this.....

/johnny

17 posted on 08/16/2012 7:53:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

GM is making a new flying car. They’re going to call it the Chevy Plummet.


18 posted on 08/16/2012 7:56:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dalereed

And a bunch of Popular Mechanics covers.


19 posted on 08/16/2012 8:02:32 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: dalereed; 04-Bravo; 1FASTGLOCK45; 1stFreedom; 2ndDivisionVet; 60Gunner; 6AL-4V; A.A. Cunningham; ...
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20 posted on 08/16/2012 8:07:09 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: blueunicorn6

“Youngest daughter tried to fly our old 94 Buick.”

My wife tried to race a train in her dad’s new buick shortly after she got her license on her 16th birthday and lost!!!


21 posted on 08/16/2012 8:11:32 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

It’s the “spork” of airplanes ...


22 posted on 08/16/2012 8:24:36 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: spodefly

Kind of neet for short vacations and commutes!

Keep it in your garage at home and never have to rent a car at your destination!


23 posted on 08/16/2012 8:27:43 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

It’s been done;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeVZoWiQEpM


24 posted on 08/16/2012 8:56:09 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Only half right, he forgot to deploy the wings!!!

Watched that one live!


25 posted on 08/16/2012 9:02:03 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: qam1

Thank you, I didn’t have to post it.


26 posted on 08/16/2012 9:02:35 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Fledermaus

You can have 3 Horizontal lanes and add 50 vertical lanes and I guarantee in the top left fast lane there will still be some @)&*!@(* driving/flying under the speed limit refusing to move over (or drop down) to the right slow lanes


27 posted on 08/16/2012 9:18:50 PM 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: qam1

While talking or texting on the phone.


28 posted on 08/16/2012 9:27:20 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
A comment posted on the video link about that driver, Carl Edwards:

"He walks away from that without a scratch, then breaks his foot playing frisbee!!!!!!"

Wonder if that really happened?

29 posted on 08/16/2012 9:30:51 PM PDT by RebelTex
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To: dalereed
This looks like a 4.5 minute ad for the plane. Narration is in Japanese, but the interviews and subtitles are English.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeRcbJskcz4

30 posted on 08/16/2012 9:41:23 PM PDT by TChad
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To: cripplecreek
Looks like a plane to me.

As my son told me one day, "A plane is a flying car".

31 posted on 08/16/2012 10:00:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Does anybody really know what time it is ?)
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To: dalereed
I had a flying car floating around here some where.


32 posted on 08/16/2012 10:06:44 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Does anybody really know what time it is ?)
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To: dalereed
"Flying car closes in on FAA OK..."

..... LOL..... like they will let mere civilians just buy one and fly away huh? ....... Maybe the FAA may give it a green light ..... But the DHS, CIA, FBI, and every other Law Enforcement and alphabet National Security organization will shut it down before it even has a chance to leave the ground.

This would soon become a terrorists new best friend!! Just load it up with your favorite explosive material and fly it to it's destination and deliver the payload!!!

..... Yup, this invention is a great idea ..... NOT.

33 posted on 08/16/2012 10:07:32 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: dalereed

Misnomer. It’s a readable aircraft and not Henry Ford’s vision....

The PAL-V is closer...


34 posted on 08/16/2012 10:07:39 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: dalereed

Misnomer. It’s a roadable aircraft and not Henry Ford’s vision....

The PAL-V is closer...


35 posted on 08/16/2012 10:07:58 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: cripplecreek
GM is making a new flying car. They’re going to call it the Chevy Plummet.

ROFL! I don't care who you are, that's funny!

36 posted on 08/16/2012 11:13:17 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: dalereed

37 posted on 08/17/2012 12:40:37 AM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: EveningStar

Thanks for the ping.

Rest in Peace, Molt Taylor.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 1:01:06 AM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: dalereed
I'm more amazed that Plattsburgh actually had a day without snow. We used to say that we had two seasons, Winter and June. When we left there for Guam the day's high temp was 38 degrees, in mid June
39 posted on 08/17/2012 1:50:21 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Lazamataz

lol


40 posted on 08/17/2012 2:40:21 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: dalereed

They might get approval to fly the thing, but they’ll never get approval to drive it past the gate at the airport.


41 posted on 08/17/2012 2:49:14 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: blueunicorn6
Youngest daughter tried to fly our old 94 Buick. Every time I see her, I ask if I can borrow her car. I want to see how far her Honda can fly.
My father-in-law, of blessed memory, used to buy Buicks and trade them well before most people would find it necessary.

He told the story of a young man who drove a VW, and whose father always razzing him about when was he going to get a real car. So he bought a Buick that my father-in-law had just traded in, and promptly took it for a joyride. Which ended in a high speed encounter with a bridge abutment . . .


42 posted on 08/17/2012 3:02:24 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: qam1

Nah, the car will be WAY too expensive for 98% of drivers, so there won’t be that many in the air at any one time.


43 posted on 08/17/2012 3:15:16 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lazamataz
Oh, you'll coast to a stop, all right.

Guaranteed to always get you to the crash site.

44 posted on 08/17/2012 4:25:10 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: R_Kangel

How is that different from every other plane? Are you seriously suggesting “plane control” because terrorists have used them as bombs? What’s next, banning vests?


45 posted on 08/17/2012 5:05:42 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: dalereed

Hey look. Someone built a plane. *yawn*


46 posted on 08/17/2012 5:07:50 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: UCANSEE2
We had one even earlier, back in 1968, I believe:

47 posted on 08/17/2012 7:31:45 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: R_Kangel

You forgot your /s tag.


48 posted on 08/17/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: dalereed; All
2 things...

* I want to hear this airplane fly i.e. the air into the prop after all that fuselage etc drag...and how noise it makes might tell how efficient it is, this is tough for Pusher Props.
* And I want to see "Tuft" test in the aft fuselage area....

49 posted on 08/17/2012 8:56:46 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Two Kids' Dad

I agree, but will the Moller ever become more than vaporware?

Hope so! I’d love one!

cheers,
Jim


50 posted on 08/17/2012 9:25:22 AM PDT by gymbeau (Free Tibet! (limit one per customer))
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