Flying Car: Terrafugia’s Transition Roadable Aircraft

Posted By on January 23, 2009

Transisiton

The Transition is another one of those flying car “dream” ideas (or as Terrafugia calls it, “a roadable aircraft”) which seems to be really moving closer in bringing driving and flying together.  According to a the company’s website, this concept car/plane was founded in 2006 by a group of MIT students. They have work diligently on the protype and are seriously planning on delivering these vehicles. The sell price is currently noted as $194,000 and the company as already taken deposits for 40 Transitions for a first delivery in 2010.

Transistion

What is unique about this “Sport Aircraft” is that it falls in to the Sport Pilot category and looks to be able to make driving to the airport and taking off in the same vehicle a reality (nice to be able to save that $200+/mo. on on hanger space). What makes this new aircraft possible are the advances in materials and propulsion technology not afford before composites and lightweight, but high performance engines.

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, 65 mph
Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

Convenience
Front wheel drive on the ground
Automotive-style entry and exit
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
80” wide
18’ 9” long
Airplane:
6’ 3” tall
19’ 2” long
Wingspan:
27’ 6”
Cockpit:
51” at the shoulder

First delivery anticipated in 2010.

Comments

  • per KFC
  • I need the car fast so manufacture one for me now

  • Grumpy

    Another crackpot project! Let’s leave flying to planes, and driving to cars. This looks ridiculous! Who would want to be caught dead in one of those?

  • Optomistic

    I don’t care how dorky it looks, and I could never afford one, but I would love to be able to fly from city to city with a short commute to work or shopping. As long as only a few people can afford them, it won’t jam up the airways. I hope they offer lessons at the dealership and let you test fly one before purchase though.

  • A fixed wing flying car would be awsome but would never work as a common form of individual transport. The need for a runway and pilot error would make it the number one killer as people collide in the air. If totally automated and controlled by computer it might have a better chance of success but it would need to be able to take off and land vertically.

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