Just like the cartoon , The Jetsons who goes to work in his small space ship , the flying car is making its round in the recent New York Auto show . How different is this Flying car from Terrafugia be different from the past ?
Flying Car | The concept
In the past , most flying car was modeled from a car and then morphed into a plane . This Terrafugia flying car , dubbed Transition , started as a plane and then attempt to fit in a car . A flying car has always been a dream of many enthusiasts . According to Carl Dietrich , Terrafugia’s founder , it wasn’t until 2004 when FAA created a new category of aircraft that Carl thinks that there is a business potential in the flying car . Carl’s goal isn’t about novelty surrounding the flying car , but it has to be something practical to make it eventually to a everyday man’s car . Furthermore , selling flying car has to be a business that is viable and yet profitable . [see full story here]
Flying Car | The Obstacles
The Transition is priced at USD$279k , which is very close to the price of a brand new cessna skyhawk 172 . It is already street legal and it greatest challenge comes from the controls needed for flying and driving . The easiest to do this is probably best to keep them separated . So the Transition comes with a steering wheel for driving and a control stick for flying . There are rudders for flying and steering on the runway , and an accelerator and brake pedal for driving. Also the Transition is designed as a light sports aircraft so that it does not require FAA certification and will confine to flying only in day light and clear skies .
Flying Car | Features
The Transition has 2 electric motors powering the retractable wing , and the wings are fully extended within 30s from its vertical stand-still position . Transition uses a premium automotive fuel with consumption at 6.7l/100km while driving or 18.9l/hr while cruising . As a flying car , it can take off and land in the air fields only and subsequently , the driver or pilot can literally fold up the wings and drive home to its parking garage . For more information about this flying car , see here . For video see here . Hopefully we get to see more of this flying car !!