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New 'Flying Car' Gets Light Aircraft Classification from FAA

submitted on June 30, 2010 by pablos17 in "Products / Gadgets", last updated on July 2, 2010 by YanBz


The Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft has received an exemption from the FAA to allow the craft a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 lbs, more than 100 lbs more than allowed other light sport air crafts.

Since this "flying car" spends its share of time on the road, the extra 110lbs go toward safety features such as airbags, a crumple zone, and a protective safety cage, according to a company press release.
This FAA exemption means that the Terrafugia Transition can now be classified as a light sports aircraft.

This is a big deal for potential buyers since it's much easier to get a pilot's license: There is less documentation, and you need only 20 hours of logged flying time, according to CNET.

The aircraft has folding wings and a 115 mph cruising speed in the skies.




I'm starting to get scared. We have enough bad drivers on the road. I don't need someone flying into my house. Eeek
        

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  • 68549
    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on June 30, 2010
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    hmmm...exactly what I need...where can I buy one?
  • 68558
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 30, 2010
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    This is amazing!
  • 68580
    webbyone2010
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    Posted by webbyone2010 on June 30, 2010
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    So that means I need to look left, right, and above when I'm crossing a street? And I thought Chicago drivers were insane now!
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    Posted by busant20 on July 2, 2010
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    Is this new James Bond's car? Big Grin
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on July 2, 2010
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      Not sure. I didn't see any switches on the dash for smoke screen or rocket launchers.
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    Posted by YanBz on July 4, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    The price tag is $194,000. You can pre-order here ($10K deposit):
    http://www.terrafugia.com/order.html
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    • webbyone2010
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      Posted by webbyone2010 on July 4, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I wonder how many people have preordered.

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