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Terrafugia’s Transition- flying cars now a reality

Everybody in the world desires a perfect life. They dream of various hypothetical means to achieve it- be it robots accomplishing your chores or cars that could fly. But the concept of a flying car is now set to become a real thing. People will be like – hey look up, is it a bird, is it an airplane…no – it is not Superman. No, it is a car…no it’s an airplane….no it’s the Transition, it’s the Terrafugia’s Transition. Terrafugia, a company based in Massachusetts is developing this roadable aircraft called Transition which is expected to be released at the end of 2011. The Transition is designed to fold its wings when not air bound, enabling it to function as a legal road vehicle. It will totally change the world of personal mobility and traveling will become a hassle free experience. Awesome isn’t it?

Terrafugia Transition

It is normal for everyone to hate the airport dashes to make a flight, the baggage issues, cost of chartering private planes, the problems of owning a plane, costs of hangar or parking space and transportation from the airport. Those problems will now be a thing of the past. With the Transition, you can go from the airport right to your home and park it in your very own garage! For convenience, there is a rear wheel drive on the ground, an automotive-style entry and exit, two seats side-by-side, automated electromechanical folding wing and the cargo area is capable of holding golf clubs.

Performance - The Transition weighs about 440 kg meaning it is not too heavy and can carry a maximum of two people. It will operate on a single tank of gasoline using about 19L of fuel per hour to drive the propeller and will provide a mileage of approximately 15 km/l and a top speed of 110km/h. It is designed to fly at a maximum speed of approximately 185 km/h, a cruise speed of 172 km/h and a stall speed of 83 km/h. It is specifically designed to fly at altitudes less than 10,000 feet.

Dimensions and safety- The Transition is 2m tall, 2.3m wide and 6m long as a car. While flying, the height and the length remain the same but the wingspan becomes 8m. In the cockpit, every seat has a length of 48’’ at the shoulder. Coming to the safety part, the Transition should not be airborne in case of inclement or harsh weather. There is a full vehicle parachute made available and it is equipped with automotive crash safety features and modern glass avionics. Moreover, the four wheels of the Transition make it very predictable during take-off and landing.

Transition interior

Interior – In the interior of the Transition, the controls include a gas pedal, braking system, a steering wheel which is used on the road, a collapsible control stick used in the air, rudder pedals used for turning the vehicle when airborne and a lot of instrumentation to help a pilot in mid-air. The interiors have been refined with touch screen panels that change appearance depending upon whether you are in the air or driving on land.

Conclusion

This is what aviation enthusiasts have been striving for since a long, long time. The Transition will be available for a truly moderate price of approximately $200,000.00 or Rs. 90 lakhs, considering cars like the Lamborghini, Mercedes andFerrari cost more than Rs. 1 crore or $400,000 each. Each and every one of us can now streamline our flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition!

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