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Terrafugia Transition flying car makes first public flights

The TerreFugia Transition performed a 20-minute demonstration flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The TerreFugia Transition performed a 20-minute demonstration flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
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The TerreFugia Transition rolling out
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The TerreFugia Transition rolling out
Cockpit view of the TerreFugia Transition
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Cockpit view of the TerreFugia Transition
The TerreFugia Transition unfolding its wings
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The TerreFugia Transition unfolding its wings
Wing view of the TerreFugia Transition
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Wing view of the TerreFugia Transition
The TerreFugia Transition performed a 20-minute demonstration flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
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The TerreFugia Transition performed a 20-minute demonstration flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

There was a ray of hope recently for those who are looking forward to a car that’s a bit more Blade Runnery as Terrafugia's Transition flying car made its first public flights at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There, the Terrafugia team conducted two 20-minute flight demonstrations and also showed off the capability for the Transition's wings to be folded up so it can be driven about like a car.

Classed as a light sports plane by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transition is also a road-legal vehicle. Technically, it isn’t a flying car so much as a roadable airplane capable of carrying a pilot/driver and one passenger. The company sees it as a way for private pilots to cover that “last mile” between a small airport and their destination without using a taxi of hauling along a motor scooter.

It’s been under development for seven years, including flight testing last year, but underwent a number of modifications this year in an effort to improve handling.

In a statement, the company said, "Terrafugia made a dream come true at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Transition performed its first public demonstrations for the aviation community during the show. Flown and driven by Phil Meteer, our Chief Test Pilot and Flight Test Coordinator, the Transition showed the crowd what it's capable of on Monday (July 29) afternoon and Wednesday (July 31) evening. The 20-minute demonstrations included flight maneuvers over show center, converting from airplane to car, and driving along the flight line."

The TerraFugia Transition is currently priced at US$279,000 but no delivery date has been announced.

The video below shows the Terrafugia Transition’s first public flights.

Source: Terrafugia

First Public Demonstrations: Terrafugia Transition Flying Car, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI 2013

31 comments
Slowburn
Aside from being an under performing car that converts into an under performing plane that only costs US$279,000 you have to register it as a car and buy automobile insurance. I'm betting that it is more cost effective to buy a better performing plane and to have the rental car place deliver a car.
snit
I agree with "Slowburn." Although technically interesting, this idea has been around since I was learning to fly in the 1950's. It's an impractical "toy" for the pilot with nothing better to spend their money on. Just imagine the result of a minor fender-bender on the way home from an airport!
The Skud
I agree with Snit - Good luck for anyone under 30, even with a clean record, trying to get insurance! Those folding wings, ingenious as they are, would cost a fortune to repair (replace?) if you got clipped by an erant semi in the next lane.
Mark Thomas
Flying car? Please. This is crap. Not sure why /they/ can't see this and just stop.
mommus
Rather than getting insurance for the road, I'd be more concerned with the fact that you'll need a full pilot's license to fly it. So why not just have a car and a Cessna.
Romaine Spence
Hmph.... 2013 and this is the best they can do for flying cars? Those eggheads need to stop screwing around and invent anti-gravity! Oh, I'm joking, but yeah this thing pops up with predictable regularity -- note however, they were kind enough to give an excuse that a man can explain to a wife, because even rich wives have a tendency to get snarky when her man buys too many toys. Alas, until we get antigravity, or barring some other nifty breakthrough, this is the best we are likely to get in the "flying car" department.
Tom Phoghat Sobieski
it's just a rich man's toy
Larry English
toy how can that thing possibly pass car safety regs, bumpers, emissions.. :x) feh $279,000 surely you could get a better plane plus a better car for way less than this expensive compromise of both what is its mileage, also, about 3 mpg in the air? wle
Maverick62
I'm almost 70 and I've been reading about this dream since I was 8 years old. "Popular Mechanics", in the 50's told us that we would all flying cars before the turn of the century. Now that it's finally here, everybody just complains and nit-picks the concept... LOL, I agree with all of the above comments.
Paulinator
If it looks right - it is right. This thing is just plain ugly.