First Flying Car Approved By Air Authorities

Flying Car

The first flying car has been approved for air travel in the United States.

The Terrafugia Transition is a “light sport” aircraft (the smallest private plane FAA classification) that can transition into a road vehicle.  The manufacturers found it impossible the put all of the standard safety equipment (roll cage, crumple zones, airbags, etc.) for a road vehicle in the plane and keep it under the FAA weight limit, but the FAA granted the Transition an exemption.  This is good news since a light sport aircraft license only requires 20 hours of flying time, making it easier to acquire.

The two-seater Transition can use its front-wheel drive to drive on ordinary roads (with its wings folded of course) and actually gets around 30 miles per gallon.  Once there’s a suitable take-off spot, the electronically powered wings can be folded down and the pilot can soar on up to the skies.  The reverse is also helpful- if the skies become dark and bad weather threaten the pilot, he or she can land and drive home.

Massachusetts based Terrafugia says that 70 people have already put down deposits for the vehicle which will retail at $194,000.  While the car/plane is not in mass production yet, it is expected to become readily available late next year.

A real flying car!  Next stop- teleporters!  Hurry up inventors, I want to live in Star Trek!