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namvet
04-03-2012, 10:05 AM
I think these guys are on to something. the concept is nothing new. just a modern version

http://www.terrafugia.com/images/homesplash/homesplash_garage.jpg

http://www.terrafugia.com/images/homesplash/homesplash_leaving_home.jpg

http://www.terrafugia.com/images/homesplash/homesplash_takeoff.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6MVQ4m0vaE

http://www.terrafugia.com/index.html

Arroyo_Doble
04-03-2012, 10:16 AM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh21yq9aim1qz5u32o1_500.png

namvet
04-03-2012, 10:20 AM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh21yq9aim1qz5u32o1_500.png

dude it has auto pilot :biggrin-new:

Bailey
04-03-2012, 11:44 AM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh21yq9aim1qz5u32o1_500.png

Please a Cell phone doesnt hold a candle to a flying car and or Jet pack.

Odysseus
04-03-2012, 12:12 PM
It seems like more of a novelty than a practical car or aircraft. As a plane, it's slow, and as a car, it doesn't seem very maneuverable and it has a very high clearance. The specs aren't that impressive, either.





Performance


Max, Vh:
Cruise, Vc:
Stall, Vs:
Range:
Takeoff:


100 kts (115 mph, 185 km/h)
93 kts (105 mph, 172 km/h)
45 kts (51 mph, 83 km/h)
425 nmi (490 mi, 787 km)
1700' (518 m) over 50' obstacle




Gross Takeoff Weight:
Empty Weight:
Useful Load:


1430 lbs (650 kg)
970 lbs (440 kg)
460 lbs (210 kg)




Fuel burn at cruise:
Useable Fuel:
Mileage on road:


5 gph (18.9 L/h)
23 gal (87L)
35 mpg (14.9 km/L)




Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)



Convenience
Rear wheel drive on the ground
Automotive-style entry and exit
Two place, side by side
Automated electromechanical folding wing
No trailer or hangar needed
Cargo area holds golf clubsSafety
Drive in case of inclement weather
Proven 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine
Full vehicle parachute available
Modern glass avionics
Automotive crash safety featuresDimensions


Driving:
80” (2m) tall
90” (2.3m) wide
18’ 9” (6m) long
Flying:
78" (2m) tall
26' 6" (8m) wingspan
19' 9" (6m) long

Cockpit:
48” at the shoulder
Carry-on luggage
Golf clubs
Two place, side-by-side




If you happened to live near one airport and regularly commuted over congested roads to a nearby town with an airport, it might be cost-effective. Think about living in Santa Monica and commuting to Burbank, for example, where the commute would normally be about twenty miles through dense traffic, and could easily take a couple of hours, depending on the time of day, but the cost and hassle really make this look more like a toy for someone who wants to show that he's too important to sit in traffic.

namvet
04-03-2012, 01:09 PM
it is just an experimental. im curious as to how far they take it

hai
04-03-2012, 05:30 PM
This would be so cool,because living out in the country. It's just a pain going from town back into the country at rush hour.

namvet
04-05-2012, 01:22 PM
maybe a little more practical. but they continue the design


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgHSaNtAMjs

Janice
04-05-2012, 01:27 PM
Wow, neat! :smile-new:

namvet
04-05-2012, 02:40 PM
the one I put in the OP has already landed at the NY auto show

This week at the New York Auto Show a company called Terrafugia will debut a street-legal airplane. A flying car, so to speak.

Called the Transition, the fold-up vehicle will fly 100 miles per hour and has a range of nearly 500 miles. On the road it gets 35 miles per gallon using premium unleaded gasoline. It’s not quite the flying car of Jetsons fame, but it’s the closest thing on the market so far.

source (http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2012/04/03/the-flying-car-comes-to-the-new-york-auto-show/)

more competition


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_GhNcumXh0

Gentleman Pirate
04-05-2012, 03:12 PM
Please a Cell phone doesnt hold a candle to a flying car and or Jet pack.


I disagree. I bet the newer Android phones have more computing power and memory than a flying car or jet pack.

Retread
04-05-2012, 06:24 PM
This is actually very funny to me. I first saw a flying car on the cover of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950's.

So now we're seeing several possibilities. There is at least one more somewhat similar to the second noted on this thread but much less streamlined. I have yet to find the vid that I watched of it - still looking.

Has Richard Branson started anything along this line?

namvet
04-05-2012, 06:36 PM
This is actually very funny to me. I first saw a flying car on the cover of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950's.

So now we're seeing several possibilities. There is at least one more somewhat similar to the second noted on this thread but much less streamlined. I have yet to find the vid that I watched of it - still looking.

Has Richard Branson started anything along this line?

I remember seeing that flying car from the 50's. I think it pulled under a set of wings and away it went. nash rambler??? I just can't remember

Retread
04-05-2012, 06:47 PM
I remember seeing that flying car from the 50's. I think it pulled under a set of wings and away it went. nash rambler??? I just can't remember

Take a look at this (http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/flying-cars-in-history-picture-gallery#slide-2) specifically pic #2. Isn't that the one?

namvet
04-05-2012, 06:58 PM
Take a look at this (http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/flying-cars-in-history-picture-gallery#slide-2) specifically pic #2. Isn't that the one?

I looked thru those. the one I remember didn't have folding wings. you drove the car under them then attached the wing assembly. but man that was soooo many years back. this site shows a history of most all the attempts. that first one is a gut buster :biggrin-new:

namvet
04-05-2012, 08:46 PM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01775/fly_1775805b.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/12/01/article-0-0C4F2529000005DC-454_634x406.jpg

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/p1/darpacopterfirefight_300_0710-md.jpg

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/Wn/DARPACopterdiagram_500_0710.jpg

looks like the military is interested as well. that's a modified humvee

archive 2010



Who needs a flying car? The U.S. military thinks it does. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for a Humvee that can fly over insurgents, conduct night raids or whisk injured soldiers away from the battlefield. Textron, the defense company, says it has the solution—and they have the sketches to prove it.

Sure, the concept looks like a model car you might buy at Toys R' Us, but the technology is sound, and the engineers think it could be ready to fly relatively soon, according to Steven Reid, vice president of unmanned aircraft systems at AAI, the Textron subsidiary that produced the Shadow UAV. "Envision a Humvee-like vehicle with wings that fold out from the side and attach just above the rear door," Reid says.


source (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/military/pentagon-flying-car-pictures)

Retread
04-05-2012, 11:10 PM
That would be impressive.