The Terrafugia Transition flying car is closer to becoming a real road-going reality. The Transition finished its first round of Federal Aviation Administration certification flight tests (there are five more rounds to go) at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York, and is headed for on-road drive testing.

It's another small step toward the flying cars we've been promised since at least the halcyon days of the "better living through technology" 1950s. The Transition was supposed to start deliveries by the end of this year at a cost under $200,000. The price has swollen to around $279,000 and while Terrafugia is happy to accept your deposit, expect at least a year or two before taking delivery. Still, if you have the money and an desire to be Elroy Jetson, it looks like you may eventually get your wish.


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      crabbo71
      • 2 Years Ago
      i tried to find my perfect car on car finder,,and to my suprise [not] it was an advertisement for car dealers....A O L SUCKS
      paperbeach
      • 2 Years Ago
      My first thoughts were that such a thing might be useful in some places like Alaska, the Australian Outback, and selected African areas. Perhaps around some of the Pacific Rim islands, as well ...
        I. Nwosu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paperbeach
        Got that right. This will be a favorite amongst rich Africans visiting their native villages if it doesn't require a runway.
      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would make sense in only very niche applications, like for single people living in tiny towns in Alaska, Canada's NorthWest Territories or the Australian outback who needed a means to commute from home to distant centers of civilization but having separate full sized Aircraft and Cars was impractical / cost prohibitive. They would still needs to have well maintained roads and not require much cargo space. So yeah, a very very niche application ....
      john266
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine thousands of these converging on a city each morning, and a minor fender bender is fatal.
        joynerz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john266
        exactly. Think an air traffic controller's job is tough now?
          atc98092
          • 2 Years Ago
          @joynerz
          As an Air Traffic Controller, I can say that the majority of the time this type of plane won't even be talking to me, unless they are going to fly in Class Bravo airspace. In that case they are required to talk to us. Let's take the Seattle airspace, with which I am most familiar. To reach an airport conveniently near the city (Boeing Field or Renton) they would either need to talk to Seattle Approach for Bravo clearance or fly around the airspace. They would still need to talk to the tower to land at either airport. If they decided to use Auburn (only other airport anywhere close to Seattle) they could get there without speaking to a controller, but again a tricky bit of navigation to avoid Bravo airspace. At least at Auburn there's no controller to talk to. However, if there's any weather (which this area has often) I can guarantee the pilot would need an Instrument endorsement on their pilot's license. And that means following controller direction. As far as off airport takeoff and landing, I don't that that is allowed under the FARs for fixed wing aircraft. I'd have to double-check, but I don't think using a publie road as a runway is permitted.
      1 Evil Brat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The writer of this artical had best go back to the cartoon network and do a little digging up facts. Elroy was the young son of - - - - wait for it.........GEORGE JETSON ~ THE FATHER who flew around in the flying car. Elroy flew by jetpack with Astro his dog. Dang, I just became one who I said I would not be...........DANG YOU ELROY, I MEAN GEORGE ~~~~AHHH -- -- -- -- DAN ROTH!
      Practical Nomad
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happend to Moller's sky car? It's great looking and the Terrafugia is downright ugly.
      colloc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove the California freeways for years. Thinking of some of those drivers not only ahead, behind and on each side but above and below and coming at every angle makes me want ot grab my blankey and hide.
        paperbeach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @colloc
        Even if it gets approved in some places, it won't be in California ... check out the avaliable 'side vision' clearance. Won't pass the muster in the Golden State.
      1040advocate
      • 2 Years Ago
      If that thing looks liks a car..I'm gonna start smokin weed
      bandicoot5
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Terrafugia is not a "flying car". It is built to be an airplane that you can drive on the road. It might sound silly, but they aren't the same thing. The Terrafugia has gone through a few different looks, but I have been eagerly awaiting it for several years. I saw an older design at Sun n' Fun years ago. To be able to fly to your destination and NOT have to rent a car, when traveling... Hurray! They are still keeping the Terrafugia within a reasonable reach, price-wise, as say, a Cessna 172. I would seriously consider one, though I doubt I would trade in my Piper to get one. There would probably be limitations, like paved runways only, or lengths over 3000'. I would want to leave my options open. I don't know what the useful load is on the Terrafugia, either. There's definitely a niche market for it.
      theframingone
      • 2 Years Ago
      no need for the tsa anymore , they ( terrorist ) will just use the flying cars no need for airplanes
      Jaeger
      • 2 Years Ago
      With those wings folded up like that, this car has one heck of a blind spot.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at a private viewing at the jacob javits show. This thing is amazing. 35 mpg and 400 miles on a single tank. Its pretty small on the inside. The gentleman at the exibit told me that this car can fit into a single car garage. Seeing it in person is way better than seeing pictures of it. INCREASE THE RANGE!!!
        kevin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        400 mile range in the air or on the street. 400 mile range in the air is good for a "plane" of this size.
        wjsteele
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Increase the range of what, the fuel? It can already last longer than your bladder can.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wjsteele
          LOL. I was hoping they could get a car-plane to a range of about....500-700 miles. 279000 is a lot. I think you have to get a pilots license and the insurance might be a little costly. The demonstrator at the show mentioned that it needs about 2-3 city blocks for take off. I think. He said you did not need a lot of road to get off the ground. I wonder if it was a special fuel you had to put in....like a jet fuel or regular unleaded light sweet crude. I knew I forgot to ask more questions.
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