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Flying cars coming "next year"

Posted: 03 Apr 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flying car  airplane 

Fed up of traffic and congested roads, then flying cars would be the only solution to your problem. If US-based Terrafugia goes as per its plans, then flying-car-cum-plane will be commercially available "within a year."

"The 'Transition Street-Legal Airplane' is now a significant step closer to being a commercial reality," Terrafugia said.

Terrafugia's "Transition" carplane prototype has completed its successful first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport, New York. It has also successfully conducted initial drive and conversion testing.

The vehicle was flown to an altitude of 1,400 feet during its test flight, staying in the air for around eight minutes. Six more phases of flight testing are scheduled for the Transition before it goes into production.

Terrafugia CEO, CTO and co-founder Carl Dietrich said, "With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream. We look forward to continuing to show that the challenges of bringing a practical street legal airplane to market can be overcome. This is a very exciting time for Terrafugia. We are on our way up – literally and figuratively!"

The Transition is a two seat personal aircraft capable of driving on roads and highways, parking in a single car garage, and flying with unleaded automotive fuel.

"Terrafugia will continue its testing programme in preparation for first delivery, which is expected to occur within the next year," the company added.

Terrafugia is already accepting Rs.4.95 lakh ($10,000) deposits for the vehicle, which the company plans to sell for Rs.1.38 crore ($279,000).

The Transition prototype is on display at the New York International Auto Show April 6-15th at the Jacob Javits Convention Centre in New York City.

Terrafugia is founded by pilots and engineers from MIT and supported by a network of advisors and private investors.

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