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Terrafugia's street-legal prototype flying car makes maiden flight

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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:43 AM
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Terrafugia's street-legal prototype flying car makes maiden flight


www.theverge.com



The Terrafugia Transition has been in development since 2006 and flying since 2009, but it's only just last month that a street-legal version of the $279,000 winged auto made it into the sky. Following approval by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) last June, which allowed it to drive, the company's "Production Prototype" completed its first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport on March 23rd.
(visit the link for the full news article)


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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:43 AM
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The applications of this vehicle or plane or however one wishes to describe it is amazing. The first thing that jumped to my mind is how extremely useful such a product will be for those who live in rural areas that need to cover large distance and simply do not have the required airstrip or hangar to do so.

On the other hand viewing the video and its obvious practical applications i could not help in thinking that i more than likely would have placed a ballistic chute deployment system as you can watch in the video link below.



Wasn't sure as to what area of the site i should have post this.

www.theverge.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:47 AM
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allready a thread on it......search is your friend



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:49 AM
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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:06 AM
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( alfa ), ( eyeinoz )....allow me to point out that the article is not about the vehicle but rather that it was given its first pass on March 23rd. Again the article is not about the vehicle but rather its first of a series of tests that will allow it be FAA approved and that its "street legal"


p.s. As for the search function, yeah i have broken and fixed that function on ats so

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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 05:13 AM
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It has been nearly 40 years, around 1973, since I have seen anything like this attempted. Fortunately this one is much more technologically advanced and its video shows more promise than earlier attempts but nevertheless gives me the chills.

There was a group experimenting with a flying Pinto, Ford Pinto. I had read about the project a couple years earlier and then it appeared in my hangar where I used to work with a team of crop dusters after my stint in the military. For nearly a year there were two such animals in that hangar at Ventura County Airport in Oxnard, California, a green colored one that I never saw tested and another white one with brown trim. They both had wings fixed in-place and non-folding unlike the one in the OP video. Similar to the one here they had the rear-facing prop and box tail of a Cessna Skymaster, the rear-facing prop of that push-pull model of Cessna.

On several occasions it was test flown along our 5900 ft. runway getting, airborne and flying very low and landing at the opposite end. It flew in a nose-up attitude looking like it was ready to stall. I missed seeing one time after they had installed a more powerful 300 hp motor and testing in like manner they decided to take it around the field in the usual square take-off/landing flight pattern but on their downwind leg felt uncomfortable with its performance made an emergency landing on a farm field road along a crop of lima beans. With its non-folding wings it received a police escort to drive city roads back to its hangar attracting onlookers and publicity. It was not widely known to exist before that incident and afterwards picked up the nickname of "Bean Machine" by having a Pinto body (and paint scheme) and landing in a bean field.

A couple months later I was at the airfield to witness another test flight where the pilot decided to take it for another flight around the field. I saw it flying in that stressful nose-up attitude. Then downwind leg north of the field it appeared to yaw to the right with its right wing looking out of place and in another split-second appeared both wings had folded and the Pinto plane plummeted to the ground killing its occupant(s) (I seem to recall both a pilot and co-pilot but newspapers say there was only one) near that same bean field. Days after that the remaining green Pinto-plane was removed from our hangar.

The incident for years gave me the creeps but hadn't thought about it in a very long time now. Seeing this plane brought that all back again but fortunately this one appears much more airworthy. I've spent a lifetime and career around aviation where there have been incidents but fortunately very few, and though I've had a few uncomfortable moments in the air myself I love flying. Now I am retired and far removed from aircraft so I can look at it from a distance, be grateful for the wonderful experience and thrills I've had, and be thankful to be done with that part of my life now. I loved flying but if I never fly again it will be fine by me, no more commercial flights and never to be molested by the TSA, at least I will attempt to avoid flights into the US.

ETA: I just looked online for info on that flying Pinto (for the first time ever) and found a Wiki article with photo - en.wikipedia.org...


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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 05:39 AM
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It's a very cool idea.

It just seems a bit ... I don't know... big?

I think a flying motor bike would be more logical.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 06:01 AM
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Looks pretty cool but allow me to be a wet blanket for a moment. The guy drives the vehicle through town, stops and gets some gas, then drives to the airport. After he gets to the airport he pushes a button (I assume) and the car converts to the plane. He gets out pushes in the review mirror and goes through his pre-flight check. How is this any different than driving a car to the airport and getting into your Cessna and taking off? I guess it eliminates having to own both a plane and a car and not having to store a plane in a hangar. I will wait for the day when these things can take off from any empty road or highway.
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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 06:04 AM
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....allow me to point out that the article is not about the vehicle but rather that it was given its first pass on March 23rd. Again the article is not about the vehicle but rather its first of a series of tests that will allow it be FAA approved and that its "street legal"


Its been street legal for some time now

www.abovetopsecret.com...


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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 06:22 AM
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Originally posted by taccj9903
I will wait for the day when these things can take off from any empty road or highway.

I'm sure it could, but there would be legal issues. You would have to conform to all the usual regulations for aircraft.

But, yeah. That's not the flying car that I want, either. I'll check out next year's model, I think.
Maybe it'll look cool by then.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 07:52 AM
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There's another one in the UK press today too, been knocked up by some Dutch geezers...

Flying Car Copter



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 08:17 AM
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Originally posted by Frankenchrist
It's a very cool idea.

It just seems a bit ... I don't know... big?

I think a flying motor bike would be more logical.


So did Sirius Black and Hagrid.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 12:25 PM
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I'm still waiting for the personal jetpacks we were all supposed to have by now.

It's a neat idea but not very practical for 99.9% of the population. Rural living people won't be able to use it because of it's tiny tires. And having lived on a gravel road that dust gets in everything, not good for an airplane.

It's just another rich mans toy.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:33 PM
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Originally posted by PhoenixOD
reply to post by cerebralassassins
 




....allow me to point out that the article is not about the vehicle but rather that it was given its first pass on March 23rd. Again the article is not about the vehicle but rather its first of a series of tests that will allow it be FAA approved and that its "street legal"


Its been street legal for some time now

www.abovetopsecret.com...


edit on 3-4-2012 by PhoenixOD because: (no reason given)


I realize that its "Street Legal" the article mentions that it has passed its First..! set of test flight for it to be allowed the golden " F.A.A." clearance, that is what this article is mentioning and not the fact that it's street legal, i was merely pointing out to that fact earlier and tried to make it clear that the article specifically points to F.A.A.
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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:34 PM
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Originally posted by GeordieLegend
There's another one in the UK press today too, been knocked up by some Dutch geezers...

Flying Car Copter


WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON

The inventors are getting killed in these gyrocopters.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:37 PM
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Two words...not practical



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:41 PM
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Originally posted by AGWskeptic
I'm still waiting for the personal jetpacks we were all supposed to have by now.

It's a neat idea but not very practical for 99.9% of the population. Rural living people won't be able to use it because of it's tiny tires. And having lived on a gravel road that dust gets in everything, not good for an airplane.

It's just another rich mans toy.


The dust side of things can be maintained as we have seen helo's in desert storm but then again you cant compare the desert to rural areas for multiple reasons. On the side of tires, those two can be changed to accommodate the various terrain issues. I guess one should understand that it isn't an automobile in the sense that its not your daily vehicle but it does add that option for one to commute to and from destinations either by air or road. But one needs to approach the concept with some rational thinking that obviously this is an aircraft and the maintenance also needs to be of a higher standard than what your local car is. Its simply common sense as your life is literally in your own hands and not in the hands of someone else.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:46 PM
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Yeah bad idea very bad idea who the hell wants a TSA agent in every home!


100 years ago flying cars were predicted the 21st century still impractical.

Then of course drunk drivers sorry didn't see that sign there or that radio tower.

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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:05 PM
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It's a freakin airplane that has folding wings.

That's all this really is.

It doesn't even look like a car.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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Oh crap! EMERGENCY LANDING ON INTERSTATE!

Oh , Hai guys.

Bi Guys , going home to fix my car , prop went out hah.

Oops wait a second , forgot to pull my Side Mirrors out.




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