Flying Cars Will Hit The Market In 2011
Flying cars that make a scene last year, finally get the license to fly from the U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With this license, the flying car which was named Terrafugia Transition will begin to setup and produce its commerical model.
However, before being sold to the public, the FAA requires some changes to the Terrafugia cockpit for driver safety who is also the pilot of this flying car. In addition, the driver of this flying car must have a flying sport license. The driver or pilot can get this license after undergoing 20 hours of flight training.
Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich, said that this is a breakthrough in the world of personal mobility. "The journey becomes integrated now, starting from the ground directly up to the air. That is a dream of flight researchers since 1918", he said.
According to the plan, flying cars that will be released to the market in 2011 will be priced approximately USD 194,000. In the air, Terrafugia can fly up to 115 mph or about 450 kilometres per hour. The wings on the flying car can be folded so that it can be stored in a standard garage.
This flying car is designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any roads. The transformation from plane to car takes less than 30 seconds.
The final released version of Terrafugia will be equipped with additional security features such as airbags, cockpit protector and also a vacuum energy absorber.
This 2011 flying car was developed by a graduate of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Until now, Terrafugia is designed to carry a pilot and a passenger only.
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