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The Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft

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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.

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John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!