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Anyone Want A Flying Car?

Postby longhaircowboy » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:16 pm

Well then here ya go.
http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93804?fp=1
Weird-looking cars are a dime a dozen. Far less common are weird-looking cars that can also fly AND have approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, as far as we know, there's only one of those babies: The Terrafugia Transition.
The total retail cost: $194,000.
There's a neat little vid there of the car in action. It only requires 20 hrs to fly. Can someone lend me a couple hundred thou?
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Re: Anyone Want A Flying Car?

Postby You Can Call Me Ray » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:45 pm

An interesting technical footnote to the Transition vehicle, related to its certification for use.

Of course the FAA has the ultimate say in whether it meets airworthiness requirements such that it can be produced for sale, much less flown in our skies.

However, the folks at Terrafugia apparantly did not think long, or hard enough about the entire gamut of certification when completing their design. As it turns out, the US Department Of Transportation informed Terrafugia that their new vehicle would have to also meet all the requirements on automobiles. Of course it does, if it is going to be driven on public roads!

Add a hundred more pounds or so for the necessary seat belts, air bags, crash barriers, external lights, and other associated dittys required of automobiles, and the flying performance is almost about to take a big hit as far as range and endurance.

However, the happy end to the story is the FAA felt a little sorry for them... Even though their final gross weight of the vehicle came in a handful of pounds OVER the maximum weight for a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), the FAA gave Terrafugia a waiver such that their vehicle still qualifies for that certification category. Now, if only the IRS would show a little heart once in awhile like the FAA, we might have a formula for fixing government! :)

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