The Terrafugia Transition: 2016 Flying Car Gets FAA Approval (Video)Submited By Anam Khan
The Terrafugia Transition: 2016 Flying Car Gets FAA Approval (Video)
Its not everyday we hear about a Flying Car, in fact this is the first for 2016. America’s Federal Aviation Administration has certified the Terrafugia Transition flying car as a Light Sports Aircraft. Even though the car/plane exceeded the category weight limit by 50kg, Terrafugia argued that the plane has had to pass road and traffic regulations as well, while other Light Sports Aircraft do not have to account for such extra burdens.
Terrafugia insists the Transition is not a "flying car," but rather a "roadable aircraft." The company's website says the vehicle "is not designed to replace anyone's car." It can, however, reach highway speeds on the ground, and fit in a standard parking space and garage. And, though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't gotten its hands on the Transition yet, it is designed to meet federal auto safety standards. That FAA exemption, in fact, was needed because of the weight of the crumple zones, airbags and other safety systems needed to make the Transition street legal as a car.
It has a flying range of over 400 miles, and in the air, can reach 115 mph. The Transition is designed to land at small civil airports -- and the company says that most Americans live within a 30 mile drive of a civil airport. So while it might not yet be possible to get stuck in traffic and decide to fly to work instead, the Transition could be a realistic road-trip alternative for some people.
The flying car is expected to sell for $194,000 and, apparently, has already been ordered by 70 people.