Terrafugia successfully flies prototype flying car

Article by Anita Panait, on April 4, 2012

Massachusetts-based aerospace firm Terrafugia has completed testing a production prototype of its flying car.  The company disclosed Monday that its production prototype "Transition" flying car last month completed an eight-minute test flight, taking off and landing at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York. According to Anna Mracek Dietrich, COO of Terrafugia, the successful first flight of Transition is a significant move towards initial production and first delivery. Dietrich remarked that in preparation for the first delivery of the flying car, the company will continue its testing program. Terrafugia plans to deliver the first flying within next year.

The aerospace company, founded by pilots and engineers from MIT, built and tested proof-of-concept vehicle in 2009.  Then in the summer of 2010, the company was granted by the US Federal Aviation Administration a special weight limit exemption for its flying car. During that time, executives of the company were expecting to sell the world’s first commercial flying car in 2011. Despite a delay of two years, the company’s efforts bore fruit; they are now a step closer to selling its flying car to the public.

In fact, the company announced that it will market the Transition this year or in early 2013.  In a statement, Terrafugia CEO and CTO Carl Dietrich said that the company will continue to show that it could overcome the challenges of bringing a practical street legal airplane to market. During its first flight, the production prototype soared 1,400 feet above the ground. The company has planned six phases of flight tests to show the Transition's compliance to standards set by the FAA's Light Sport Aircraft branch. [source: mirror]

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