This 21st century living makes my head spin. Just now as the purchasing public is again becoming hungry for new playthings, new tech breakthroughs, Terrafugia, of Woburn, Massachusetts, has come up with a flying automobile. I should correct that. Terrafugia prefers we think of the new transportation medium as a “roadable aircraft” or, an “airplane that drives.”
With the push of a button, the Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft spreads its wings (it brags a 26 foot wingspan) and is ready for flight. The driver/pilot, on arriving at his destination, again pushes the button, the wings fold up, and he’s home in a blink. Potential owners take note – the craft can be launched skyward only from an airport.
The air and road ready vehicle already has passed several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards requirements, and has cleared the hurdles of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for road use. The Transition utilizes special larger tires for landing safety, and a polycarbonate windshield. It runs on gas, and has no difficulty negotiating neighborhood gas stations. Crash testing has been done. Production and sales are scheduled for 2012, and orders are already being accepted. The Transition is expected to sell for about $250,000.Powered by Sidelines