Terrafugia Transition flying car has been approved by the FAA. After a year waiting, finally the Federal Aviation Administration has given approval to the Terrafugia’s Transistion, a flying car which is also called as a “roadable aircraft”.
Due to the Transition’s weight, approval from the FAA was delayed. Terrafugia Transition flying car’s1,430 lb. curb weight was 110 pounds over the legal limit for a Light Sport Aircraft, the kind that requires only 20 hours of practice before to hand a license. Now, FAA has granted a dispensation to the Transition, means that it will still be able to carry safety features like airbags and crumple zones
This Transition is a two-seater plane that approved for use both on the ground and in the air. According to Britain’s Telegraph, the Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into an automobile, will go into production very soon. It is powered by regular unleaded gas from your corner Shell station. When flown, the front propeller allows the Transition to travel at a speed of approximately 115 mph for a range of 460 miles, and it can carry 450 pounds.
” It requires a suitable runway of 1,700 feet to take off and you can keep it in a standard garage. The plane can be transitioned from aircraft into road going vehicle in just 30 seconds with the same fuel source powering the front wheels of the aircraft. It can hit a speed of around 65 mph on the road and returns fuel economy of around 30 miles per gallon“, according to Terrafugia
” The Transition has undergone development by startup firm Terrafugia which was founded by MIT engineers in 2006. There are 70 people have order the Transition and have left a $10,000 deposit per vehicle and it is expected to retail for $194,000 and be delivered by the end of 2011“, according to the company.