Terrafugia has requested an exemption from the FAA to allow its Transition roadable aircraft — known by most as a flying car — to weigh up to 1,800 pounds and have a stall speed of 54 knots and still be classified as a Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA), according to a report at AVweb. The LSA rules set the maximum weight at 1,320 pounds and a maximum stall speed of 45 knots. “I think we make a very strong argument that these changes are in the public interest,” Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich told AVweb. The added weight is necessary to meet national highway standards, Dietrich said, and those features add safety to the airplane, not only by making it more crashworthy, but also making it more likely that pilots will land in marginal weather and choose to drive instead of pushing forward to their destination.
The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Terrafugia, Inc., makes its auto show debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), April 6-15 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Terrafugia, Inc. has successfully completed the flight testing program designed for its Transition Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept.
The Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept successfully completed its first flight at New York’s Plattsburgh International Airport March 5.