Flying car – From ground to air [photos]

A Massachusetts-based start-up called Terrafugia has released new mock-ups and a scale model of the Transition, which it calls a “roadable aircraft” but which most people will know better as a flying car.

The Terrafugia Transition is classified as a light sport aircraft, but has been allowed an extra 110 pounds of weight by the Federal Aviation Administration to make room for more auto safety features like airbags and a structural cage.

New modifications to Terrafugia’s Transition “roadable aircraft” include an improved cockpit interface.

At just 19 feet long and 6 feet, 9 inches tall, the Terrafugia Transition is meant to be compact enough for suburban life.

The Terrafugia Transition needs a runway for takeoff, which means that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) isn’t interested. The Department of Defense division is in search of someone to develop a flying car that doesn’t require a runway.

Terrafugia’s Transition successfully completed a test flight last year near Plattsburgh International Airport in New York–distance and time not disclosed–that led to a recent set of improvements to bring it closer to market.

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2 Responses to “Flying car – From ground to air [photos]”

  1. If i am not wrong this concept has taken shape in to a real vehicle that can fly and can drove on roads. Even the FAA has given it a licence to fly. Thanks for posting…

  2. Really awesome and i think its now operational. I wish that i could have it in my garage as i like it so much. Thanks for posting.

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