Mar 20

Terrafugia Offers a Glimpse of the Future


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The first roadable aircraft, the Transition, made its first flight yesterday at Plattsburgh International Airport.  Also known as the flying car, it seats two and can take off and land in any local airport.  It can also cruise along any road with its wings folded.  It has a front-wheel drive and fits into a normal garage.  This new innovation was created by Terrafugia, a company founded by graduates of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This milestone in transportation can cruise up to 450 mi at 115 mph.  It runs on regular unleaded gasoline.  It is estimated to be able to fly within a range 100 to 500 miles.  It is categorized as a Light Sport Aircraft and requires a Sport Pilot license to fly.  It is expected to be released in 2009 with a price tag of $194,000.

I’ve been trying to get a video showing its capabilities, but I have yet to find one that clearly shows how high it can go.  If all the claims about its abilities are true, it is truly a preview of what the future can bring.

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