Jun 29 2010I Believe I Can Fly, I Believe I Can Touch The Sky: Terrafugia Flying Car Gets FAA Approval

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Remember the Terrafugia Transition? The $194K street-legal car that can turn into a plane? Well it just got Federal Aviation Administration approval for use in the US. Whee! People will be flying into shit before you know it.

The Transition was designed as a "light sport" aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification, with a maximum weight of 1,320lb. But the manufacturers found it impossible to fit the safety features - airbags, crumple zones and roll cage, for instance - that are required for road vehicles into that weight.


Uniquely, however, the FAA has granted the Transition an exemption - allowing it to be classified as a light sport aircraft despite being 120lb over the limit.

Light sport aircraft licences require just 20 hours' flying time, making them much easier to obtain than full private licences.

No airbags, crumple zone or roll cage and it only takes 20 flying hours to get your license -- what would possibly go wrong?

A: You buzz my house and I shoot you down with a rocket launcher.

Hit the jump for several more shots of the Transformer, including one with a t-rex (seriously).

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Terrafugia Transition 'flying car' gets go-ahead from US air authorities [telegraph]

Thanks to TobyRaider, who's content with his ROFLcopter.

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Reader Comments

Fake. That's not a flying car that's an airplane.

Niice.. Ive been reading about this for a while.. Thanks GW!

Dear GW,

It seems the exemption they got is about the class (even with too much weight), NOT getting rid of the safety features.

Reading is hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd

ALSO WHY DOES THAT DINOSAUR HAVE A SCARF?! WHAT DID YOU DO WITH WALDO YOU T-REX YOU!?

Africa.

I'm so moving to a lower floor apartment.

great, now people are going to be texting and flying

This is cool, the whole flying and driving thing is neat, I like pie as well, that is all.

Anyone else concerned about that car's seriously huge blind spots?

Having trouble keeping your lead foot off the pedal? Are the cops always stopping you for silly things like "robbery" and "murder" ?
Then you need "Terrafugia Transition"!!

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STEAL MY SHIT, I OWN AN F-22 RAPTOR, AND AN ANTI-AIRCRAFT LASER MOUNTED TO THE TOP OF MY MINI-VAN.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/4563202/US-military-develops-anti-aircraft-laser.html

Where is naas today?

Hey does that Rex have a Terrafugia in its pocket or is it just happy to see you GW?

(how did you miss that?)

Yes, interesting...but can it drive underwater!?! Consider it invented.

I strongly approve and also want.

Bonus points for the dino

Roads? Where we're going we still probably need some roads.

The good news here is that most people can't afford a $50,000 dollar car, let alone four of them.

The bad news is by average, rich guys in $200,000 dollar cars drive like assholes and that thing does appear to have massive blind spots.

Already have 3, the performance isn't that great.... just sayin

酷!!!
安全系数可能不行!

The last one is at the boston science museum Yaaaayy

FAKE! It's a total photoshop job. You can tell because the shadows are all wrong.

this is just like that one movie 'Face/Off' where Nicholas Cage fought Bruce Willis over Mad Max's car or something.

Looks like a Greman trailor home. Anyway....We have enough maniacs on wheels now we will have maniacs in the sky.

I want to try this beauty. How much does this cost? Are you sure you can fold the wings?

20 hours is too less, that means like a license to fly into people's court yards when they're not expecting you to be there. I think Google should fix a "Google Sky Cam" into these wierdos and catch people while they're stealing your cup cakes from your kitchen !

I practically shat myself when I read that jetpacks were going to be produced for consumers, but this is even better, I need a new pair of pants...or somethin

Have we learned nothing from when Gazoo turned Fred Flintstone's car into a flying machine?

It does have a rollcage and all that, that's why it's 120 pounds over the normal allowed weight limit.

Im glad gas is free!

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They are intentionally trying to get on GW's good side, which... what side is it?

There's a song about this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMPH0tlC5K4

no need to worry men. you will definitely get the permission to fly.

It's real, it's cool, and I want one! Shame it costs so freaking much. :(

This sucks. I'm never coming back

...@15: WIN

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