There is good news for all high-flyers who paid the $10,000 deposit for the highly anticipated, Terrafugia Transition flying car. The light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile is all set to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration. Designed as a ‘light sport’ vehicle with a weight of 1,320 lbs, its manufacturers however found it impossible to fit the safety features like airbags, crumple zones and roll cage, etc that are required for road vehicles into that weight. The FAA has however given the green signal to this futuristic machine by granting the Transition an exemption, allowing it to be classified as a light sport aircraft despite being 120lb over the limit. Light sport aircraft licenses require just 20 hours’ flying time, making them much easier to obtain than full private licenses. The major advantage of this dream machine is safety during bad weather as you don’t have to risk flying as you can simply drive home instead.
With wings folded, the two-seater front wheel drive vehicle has no problems meeting highway speeds zooming at a respectable 30 miles per gallon. In air, the vehicle’s cruising speed is 115mph and it has a range of 460 miles, and it can carry 450lb.
According to the company, 70 people have already ordered the car. With the FAA’s special exemption, more buyers are set to come forward for this beauty.