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By Ketan Patel


Terrafugia Transition Flying Car Review

If there is something that could get close to a flying car, then this is it! Terrafugia is a company founded by the MIT-trained aeronautical engineers in 2006. Since then they have been working on creating a prototype that could be driven on road as well as capable of flying. On 23rd March 2012, the Terrafugia engineers had a success.


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Every pilot faces uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles on each end of the flight. The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the issues faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.

Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006. Now you can streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition® Roadable Aircraft.

Performance

 

Max, Vh:
Cruise, Vc:
Stall, Vs: 
Range: 
Takeoff: 

100 kts (115 mph, 185 km/h)
93 kts (105 mph, 172 km/h)
45 kts (51 mph, 83 km/h)
425 nmi (490 mi, 787 km)
1700' (518 m) over 50' obstacle

Gross Takeoff Weight:
Empty Weight:
Useful Load: 

1430 lbs (650 kg)
970 lbs (440 kg)
460 lbs (210 kg) 

Fuel burn at cruise: 
Useable Fuel: 
Mileage on road:

5 gph (18.9 L/h)
23 gal (87L)
35 mpg (6.7L/100km)

Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

Convenience

Rear wheel drive on the ground
Automotive-style entry and exit
Two place, side by side 
Automated electromechanical folding wing 
No trailer or hangar needed
Cargo area holds golf clubs

Safety

Drive in case of inclement weather
Proven 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine
Full vehicle parachute available
Modern glass avionics
Automotive crash safety features

Dimensions

Driving: 
80” (2m) tall 
90” (2.3m) wide 
18’ 9” (6m) long
Flying: 
78" (2m) tall 
26' 6" (8m) wingspan 
19' 9" (6m) long
Cockpit: 
48” at the shoulder
Carry-on luggage
Golf clubs
Two place, side-by-side

Training
Become a Sport Pilot in as little as 20 hours of flight time in a Transition®-specific course. For existing pilots, get comfortable quickly with the familiarization training included with every Transition® delivery.

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