Flying Cars Are Here!

It’s a big day today in the realm of awesomeness: the first flying car is going into production. And not one or two prototypes for a future Stephen Sommers flick, but an actual car that flies or a light plane you can use as a car (pick your favorite order). The car is called Terrafugia (meaning “escape from Earth”) Transition and is the result of years of work by a team of MIT graduates (which are also very passionate pilots). They say that the Terrafugia Transition is a revolutionary solution regarding personal flying (this includes “cost, weather sensitivity, high overall door-to-door travel time and a lack of mobility at destination”) and we couldn’t agree more that flying should be on everybody’s mind at least once in a while.

The aircraft-vehicle received recently a go ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration, being classified as a light aircraft, even if the Terrafugia Transition is 120 pounds heavier than the limit. The FAA made an exception, considering that the extra weight comes from car related safety devices, like airbags and crumple zones. The “light aircraft” label is a money maker for the company, because a potential client needs only 20 hours of flying time to get the license to fly the Terrafugia Transition (can’t stop saying the cool name over and over again). Yeah, now I’ll have to spoil it to you and reveal the price tag: the retail cost of the car-plane is 194.000 dollars, but until now 70 people placed a deposit.

From http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93804?fp=1

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http://www.terrafugia.com/about_us.html

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