Transition flying car takes offTransition „roadable aircraft“ takes off
Erstflug für „fliegendes Auto“<br /> Terrafugia announced today the first flight of its Transition Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept. The "flying car" had taken off on March 5 at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, NY.
For its first flight, the Transition was flown by Phil Meteer, Colonel, USAFR (Retired). The flight comes after six months of static, road and taxi testing.
The Transition is a two-seat aircraft designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any road. Transforming from plane to car takes the pilot less than 30 seconds. It cruises up to 450 mi at over 115 mph, can drive at highway speeds on the road, and fits in a standard household garage. The vehicle has front wheel drive on the road and a propeller for flight. Both modes are powered by unleaded gasoline from a regular gas station.
Categorized as a Light Sport Aircraft, the Transition requires a Sport Pilot license to fly. The Proof of Concept will undergo additional advanced flight and drive testing and a pre-production prototype will be built and certified before first delivery. Refundable airframe reservations are being accepted. Terrafugia (terra-FOO-gee-ah), based in Woburn, MA, is comprised of a team of award-winning engineers who have been advancing the state of personal aircraft since 2006. Founded by five pilots who are graduates of MIT and supported by a world-class network of advisors and private investors, Terrafugia's mission is the innovative expansion of personal mobility.