London: Fed up with traffic jams? Here`s
some good news -- `The Flying Car` is on its way.
An American company, Terrafugia Transition, based
near Boston, is to soon start manufacturing "the flying cars",
called the Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft, which can
be transformed from a car to a plane in just 30 seconds.
The Transition can fly at 115 mph and reach 65 mph on
the road; on the ground, with its wings tucked up and in, it
can fill up with petrol at a normal filling station and fits
in an average size garage, the `Sunday Express` reported.
`The Flying Car` is set to go into production
this year and is expected to cost between 125,000 pounds and
160,000 pounds, say its developers.
Richard Gersh, of Terrafugia, the US company which
makes the vehicle and hopes to sell 200 a year, said: "This is
an aeroplane first and foremost. The idea is you can drive it
to and from a regulation airport. Fully fuelled, you can fly
it for a range of 400 to 450 miles.
"We have 100 orders so far. There are still some minor
changes that need to be made because it has to meet both road
and aviation standards. However, we expect to be delivering at
the end of this year."
According to the CEO of the company, they have
successfully test-flown `The Flying Car` as many as 28 times.
"It has been very successful. We have got a very good
handling vehicle and our test pilot said that the flights were
just remarkably unremarkable -- it just flies like a really
nice, little airplane," CEO Carl Dietrich told Canadian TV.
He also said that this car would also ease problems
for pilots who currently face problems like weather which
sometimes doesn`t allow them to take off or land.
"This vehicle allows a pilot any time, if the weather
changes, to divert to the nearest airport, fold up their wings
and drive safely under the weather," he said.
First Published: Sunday, February 06, 2011, 10:46