Terrafugia Transition Flying Car


It is a dream for many road users when they are stuck in the traffic jam and hope that their car could fly to escape from the traffic woes.

Thing has come true when a “car” called Transition has taken to the skies recently, after months-and-months of static road and taxi testing.

Measuring 19 feet long, 80 inches wide, and 6 feet 9 inches high in folded mode, the two-seated Transition resembles a car with collapsible wings. This “car” runs on unleaded fuel on the roads and in the air. On the land, it can cruise at highway speeds, while exceed 115 miles per hour in speed when flying. It has been categorized by the Federal Aviation Admin under the light sport aircraft category.

During its test-flight at the Plattsburgh International Airport in New York on Mar 5, this flying car has proven that it could fly. The company, Terrafugia (which in Latin means ‘escape from land’) is confident of making its first ‘roadable aircraft’ delivery in 2011.

Performance

Cruise: 100 kts (115 mph)
Rotate: 70 kts (80 mph)
Stall: 45 kts (51 mph)
Range: 400nm (460 mi)
Takeoff over 50′ obstacle: 1700′
Fuel burn: 5 gph
Fuel tank: 20 gallons
Useful Load: 430 lbs
On road: 30 mpg, highway speeds
Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
Convenience

Front wheel drive on the ground
Automotive-style entry and exit
Two place, side by side
Automated electromechanical folding wing
No trailer or hangar needed
Cargo area holds skis, fishing poles or golf clubs
Safety

Drive in case of inclement weather
Proven 100 hp Rotax 912S engine
Full vehicle parachute available
Modern glass avionics
Automotive crash safety features
Dimensions

Folded: 6’ 9” tall x 80” wide x 18’ 9” long
Airplane: 6’ 3” tall x 19’ 2” long
Wingspan: 27’ 6”
Cockpit: 51” at the shoulder