The Transition Becomes First Flying Car Allowed on the Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a flying car regulatory clearance, meaning the vehicle is now allowed to hit the road. This exclusive permission will allow the Massachusetts based company Terrafugia that designed the car to begin delivering the Transition once models are ready in 2012.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, The Transition is the first flying car to avoid crashing into safety regulations. The flying car needed numerous special accommodations from regulators because of conflicts between the rules that govern passenger cars and those that would apply to a light aircraft.
A traffic jam worth of inventors had already tried to get their Jetson-mobiles on the road only to fail thanks to requirements.
First there was the Moller Skycar, invented by Paul Moller, who's been attempting to develop the aircraft vehicle for over 40 years. Then there was the Milner AirCar, which was about the size of a Honda Civic. And how could anyone forget the Transformer TX, which was developed by the Pentagon in 2010. It was capable of carrying up to 1,000 pounds in flight and looked like a jeep with wings.
Luckily, the Transition received special permission to be allowed to weigh 110 pounds more than is typically approved for the light sport aircraft category, as granted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The company initially hoped to have the car produced by late this year. However, difficulties with suppliers and production complications have prevented the flying automobiles earlier release date, which is now set for the end of next year.
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