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Flying Car Takes Off With Successful Test  
User currently offlineDimodica1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6435 times:

The Boston Herald today reports that the flying car by Terrafugia Inc., the Woburn-based creator of a “roadable aircraft,” took flight and landed at an upstate New York air strip recently.

See http://www.bostonherald.com/business...ccessful_test/srvc=home&position=4

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User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6265 times:

Wow thats brilliant! I wonder if they will make larger versions with more than 2 seats! A car for all the family! haha

How great would it be to be driving down the motorway and see and upcoming traffic congestion... and just press the 'airplane' button and take off and fly over it!


User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1126 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

Taking off from roadways will likely not be permitted. You would have to drive to the airport, fly, land then drive to your final destination.

But this is a wonderful prototype. Even the drive/fly/drive model is a big advance.

This could lead to a resurgence in General Aviation if it completes it's testing program and is declared roadworthy/airworthy.



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

I'm really happy to hear this! I'm excited about this project as a whole. I hope the company and the idea really "takes off"...I've been impressed with what I've seen from them at Sun 'n Fun and Oshkosh. One of those babies would sure make my 75 mile one-way commute into work easier (or at least more fun), with a 10 minute drive to one airport, 20 minute flight, and 5 minute drive from the other airport...


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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

Its not a new concept. There have been at least 3 previous "flying cars" that I am aware of dating back to the 70's; and previous attempts to market them.

The concept has never taken off as anything other than a demonstration .... with even the experimental aircraft pilots.


User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10424 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6084 times:

Interesting way to avoid those pesky toll plazas.  Wink


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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1681 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

I always thought that if we wanted to, we could make flying cars. But of course, think of all the security risks involved, the high pollution costs involved, the massive infrastructure needed to have flying car networks.
I eventually came to realize that making flying cars probably isn't a problem, it's the stuff associated with it that poses the big problems.


User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10424 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6023 times:

Imagine if the masses had these available to them. Many of them can't drive a car, let alone fly one. How terrifying a thought is that?


"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineChrisjw From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

If these hit big, I will no longer feel special about being a pilot.

User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1126 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6001 times:



Quoting 2175301 (Reply 4):
Its not a new concept. There have been at least 3 previous "flying cars" that I am aware of dating back to the 70's; and previous attempts to market them.

The concept has never taken off as anything other than a demonstration .... with even the experimental aircraft pilots

The concept is not new, but all of those models required significant effort to convert from one to the other, and compromises on what the vehicle capabilities were. This has a lot less effort required.



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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10424 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5967 times:



Quoting 2175301 (Reply 4):
Its not a new concept. There have been at least 3 previous "flying cars" that I am aware of dating back to the 70's; and previous attempts to market them.

It goes back much further than that.......http://www.airventuremuseum.org/collection/aircraft/Taylor%20Aerocar.asp




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar





"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5760 times:

I was waiting for someone to mention the Aerocar! thanks for the pictures, Mayor! With the Aerocar, the propeller was removable. I wonder if this is the case with the Terrafugia?


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User currently offlineJbernie From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5741 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 6):
I always thought that if we wanted to, we could make flying cars. But of course, think of all the security risks involved, the high pollution costs involved, the massive infrastructure needed to have flying car networks.
I eventually came to realize that making flying cars probably isn't a problem, it's the stuff associated with it that poses the big problems.

Agreed, though if they require a pilots license to fly the car then it will cut back on things pretty dramatically.


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3302 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5717 times:



Quoting Mayor (Reply 7):
Imagine if the masses had these available to them. Many of them can't drive a car, let alone fly one. How terrifying a thought is that?

It would still fall under FAA jurisdiction since it operates in the national airspace system, and you can bet they won't lower the certification standards just to satisfy the masses.



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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10424 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5569 times:



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 13):
It would still fall under FAA jurisdiction since it operates in the national airspace system, and you can bet they won't lower the certification standards just to satisfy the masses.

Well, they've already lowered the standards for the Sport Flying category. This might fit in that category.



"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineDynamicsguy From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 873 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5169 times:



Quoting Mayor (Reply 14):
Well, they've already lowered the standards for the Sport Flying category. This might fit in that category.

It does indeed fall into this category. I saw a talk at MIT by some of the guys involved in Terrfugia a couple of years ago, so it's good to see that they've got this thing in the air.


User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

Of course here on the UK motorways we have plenty of flying cars that do not have wings..in fact one speeding driver who was eventually caught after a long chase by the police was asked as he wound down his window.....''Having trouble getting off the ground are we Sir?''


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User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4047 times:

Not to diminish the accomplishment, but lets be realistic here. At about 200 grand this is not a toy for the masses, even the fairly rich would think twice. And the problem with this and previous aerocars and amphi-cars is that they usually end up being not a very good car or a very good aircraft/boat. In the end due to the fact that you'd have to go to the airport to use it anyway you'd probably be better off buying a nice Lexus or Mustang or something then buy a nice used 172 or something faster and still have lots of $$ left over.


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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Well it´s like the amphibian car, cool concept, but a poor seller.

User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10424 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3797 times:



Quoting AvroArrow (Reply 17):
And the problem with this and previous aerocars and amphi-cars is that they usually end up being not a very good car or a very good aircraft/boat.



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Because of any compromises that had to be made in the engineering of these, they turn out to not be very good at either, not one or the other. The Amphicar is a good example........certainly not a very good boat......I'd be afraid to venture very far in the water with one and then only on a very smooth body of water.....and it certainly wasn't a very good car, either. I'm sure the same could be said for the various Aerocars over the years.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9208 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3720 times:



Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 1):
How great would it be to be driving down the motorway and see and upcoming traffic congestion... and just press the 'airplane' button and take off and fly over it!

That would certainly come in handy here in the Philly area. An hour-and-a-half backup on the Schuylkill Expressway? No problem!  Smile

I do realize this probably does not have a chance at being a strong seller, but I think it's a somewhat better concept than the other ones from over the decades before...

400 miles at 115mph on one tank of gas, now if only that could incorprate the hydrogen cell...  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5050 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3640 times:



Quoting Starrion (Reply 2):
Taking off from roadways will likely not be permitted. You would have to drive to the airport, fly, land then drive to your final destination.

But this is a wonderful prototype. Even the drive/fly/drive model is a big advance.

This could lead to a resurgence in General Aviation if it completes it's testing program and is declared roadworthy/airworthy.

I am already starting to see the news breaks. High speed chase in LAX, now turns into airspeed chase. Oh boy, the rich criminals are going to love it. If this became the new thing, I could see this being the new criminals dream. Drug transport, illegal alien transport, and the list goes on.

Quoting Jbernie (Reply 12):
Agreed, though if they require a pilots license to fly the car then it will cut back on things pretty dramatically.

Oh gosh... I am already sick to my stomach. Can you imagine if this became the new thing like when everybody here in the US had to have a SUV? It is already nuts on the roads with everyone talking on their cell phones, and not paying attention to what they are doing. Imagine what kind of messes we would have? I can hear the traffic report already. "We have two midair collisions on the east side, and a stalled out crash on the west side." LOL!

The real kicker... The 85 year old lady that flies the minimum airspeed. Oh hell no!!!!!



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User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3523 posts, RR: 66
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3351 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 20):
An hour-and-a-half backup on the Schuylkill Expressway?

Especially since the real name of the road is the Sure Kill Expressway.



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User currently offlineN6168E From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

I just saw in today's Plattsburgh Press Republican that the flight testing is being done at PBG. http://www.pressrepublican.com/0100_news/local_story_078225757.html

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Heck, I can stick to a personal Ekranoplan and not deal with FAA stuff  Smile

Id want to paint this flying car olive drab or camo just for fun  Smile



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