In the past,
people would think that it was impossible to have a vehicle which
could be a car as well as an aircraft. People would only expect
to see this kind of flying car in the movies.
this dream can be realized now as the Federal Aviation Administration
has allowed the manufacturers to produce Terrafugia Transition
after the manufacturers show that the product is safe to be used.
Transition is a kind of aircraft which is light and tiny. The maximum
weight of it is 1,320 pounds. Manufacturers from Terrafugia have
tried hard to equip the vehicle with all kinds of safety features
such as airbags, roll cage and crumple zones.
the product is now about 110 pounds more than the limit set, the
FAA still granted a pass for the product and categorized it as a
kind of 'light sport aircraft'.
Since the Transition
flying car is not formally a plane, the time that you need to receive
training in order to be permitted to fly the aircraft is only 20
hours. Of course, this does not mean that you will automatically
know how to drive it. You still need to learn carefully and drive
seriously and not treat it as a novelty or a game because the lives
of yourself and others are at stake.
crash safety technology has been applied to create the Transition
flying car. The danger of having an accident and being injured is
greatly reduced (especially the visibility of this vehicle - how
can you not see it?).
can accommodate 2 people in the vehicle and there will be more seats
in the future if the company can successfully invent and market
more futuristic models. However, 2 seats are enough to start to
see if the Terrafugia Transition takes off in the marketplace. If
people drive the flying car in automobile mode, then the maximum
speed is around 65 mph.
of the flying car is expected in late 2011 and the company is taking
reservations. The reservations are refundable, however.
So far, about
100 people have placed reservation with a deposit of $10,000. The
balance will be paid after you receive the vehicle. The total cost
of the Transition flying car is $194,000.