Terrafugia brings a flying car dream closer to reality
Terrafugia brings a flying car dream closer to reality

After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a hybrid ground vehicle that could fly at 100 mph, the dream of driving a car came close to reality.

The Terrafugia Transition flying car received light sport aircraft certification from the agency, which made it possible to take off.

The aviation version is now only available to pilots and flight schools, although after about a year auto parts still have to meet road safety standards before they can be used legally on the road.

The driver can switch from flying to driving in less than a minute and then take off and land at a small airport or highway.

Terrafugia hopes to reach the production and homogeneity of the two-seat hybrid air car in 2022. However, if you want to try it, you need a driver's license and sports pilot certificate.

Terrafugia in China is very optimistic about the delivery of airworthy aircraft. The aircraft is airworthy. This small retractable winged plane can fly or fly in the air.

He initially promised to sell it in 2015, 2018 and then 2019, but Terrafugia CEO (Kevin Colburn), Kevin Colburn, praised his team for their efforts during the tumultuous years of the pandemic.

“Our team has always focused, improved the quality system, completed major design aspects, built the car, completed 80 days of flight tests, delivered 150 technical documents and successfully passed the Federal Aviation Administration (Federal Aviation Administration),” Colburn said.

“This is an important achievement that has fueled our mission to introduce the world's first practical flying vehicle.

The Terrafugia Transition is powered by a 100 hp Rotax 912iS sports petrol engine with a top speed of 100 mph, a range of around 400 miles, and an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Aircraft engines can be powered by high-quality gasoline or jet fuel, while vehicles are powered by hybrid electric motors.

The standard configuration includes hydraulic all-wheel disc brakes, a high-performance carbon fiber coil cage and a body bonnet.

Weighing around 1,300 pounds, the car has a stable chassis and two 27-foot-wide fenders that fold into a car for easy garage storage.

Terrafugia asks the owner to land at a small airport or highway extension and head home.

This differs from the prototypes of flying cars developed by Uber, Kitty Hawk, BMW and others, which include aircraft that occupy commercial airspace.

The car switched from airplane mode to driving mode in less than a minute. A 2018 report found the Terrafugia Transition priced at $ 400,000.

Terrafugia is developing several models of flying cars, including the four-seat TF-X, a four-seat hybrid electric vehicle with vertical take off and landing capabilities.

The semi-autonomous TF-X can automatically avoid air traffic, bad weather, and restricted airspace.

Volvo parent company Geely China acquired Terrafugia in 2017.

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