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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 Terrafugias 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, Terrafugias 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 pilots licenses, Allen added.
We find that interesting because its 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 agencys 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.
Theyre chasing a lifelong dream, Semyon Dukach, one of Terrafugias board members and angel investors, said of the companys Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained aeronautics engineers. Its 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 thats safer than any other small plane, he added, and now its moving toward production.
Looks like a plane to me.
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
Looks like a plane, flies like a plane, lands like a plane, must be a duck.......
It’s not a flying car unless someone like George Jetson could fly it.
Little harder coasting to a stop if your engine quits at 1500 feet.
That’s one ugly car/plane/whatever. The Moller SkyCar at least has some sex appeal.
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.
Oh, you'll coast to a stop, all right.
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.
GM is making a new flying car. They’re going to call it the Chevy Plummet.
And a bunch of Popular Mechanics covers.
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