Everyone gets excited to hear that it is now possible to fly a car! Yes, the world’s first flying car will be available for pre-sales in October while the first orders will be delivered in 2019.
This world’s first flying car is called Transition. It was developed by a Chinese-owned corporation based in Woburn, Massachusetts, the United States named Terrafugia.
Amazingly, Terrafugia developed Transition for driving and flying since 2006 and unveiled its prototype in 2009. In March 2009, its first successful experimental flight took place at Plattsburgh International Airport in upstate New York. On July 1, 2010, Terrafugia Transition was given exemption from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding its Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) certifying Transition with a take-off weight up to 1,430 pounds (650 kg). It was also given an exemption for 50 kilos allotment on airbags and bumpers. There was a series of delays in the development of Transition due to the large modification needed. Terrafugia continuously conducts a series of flying for Transition to improve its performance and ensure its safety and accuracy. Compliance Testing was also done several times in order to prove the adaptability of this aircraft. The transition can now operate through a combination of a gas-powered motor and lithium-ion phosphate battery. It has a boost feature that can burst extra power while in the air.
In less than a minute Transition can switch from a car to an aircraft. It has wings that can be folded and unfolded. It has a speed of 100 mph but can travel on road for 75000 mph. Terrafugia stated that Transition would cost $279000 or might increase to around 300-400 thousand dollars. What does Transition look like? It is a two-seat light sports Aircraft capable of switching from fly and drive modes in less than one minute. The transition can fly up to 400 miles. It has large storage, seat belts, and airbags. It has rear view cameras and comprises harness compartments where parachutes are reserved. Its fuel capacity is 23 US gal. It can load up to 210 kg while its empty weight is 440kg. It’s 18 feet 9 inches in length and 7 feet 6 inches in height with wings folded.
It was reported in Express, Home of the Daily and Sunday Express, that the Transition has been certified as a Light Sports Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2016 and also meets National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration standards. But before you buy this vehicle, you need to hold both a driving license and a pilot’s license.
The transition has gone through a lot of hardship that it has to be redesigned all over again for the past ten years. The long-term development of this vehicle has resulted in a very attractive car and aircraft model that has improved safety and high-quality seat belts and airbags. You will feel like more than a king or queen once you get to drive this car/plane vehicle that you can drive and fly through the air by yourself. Having this kind of car aircraft in the market today, it is not impossible to have a flying car as an ordinary type of transportation in the future.