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Terrafugia's 'Roadable Aircraft' Receives Regulatory Clearance Again, This Time for the

• Clay Dillow via

For Terrafugia, the long road to making its “roadable aircraft” a commercial reality hasn’t been exactly straight, but the company keeps on rolling forward. Its Transition aircraft just received a few special exemptions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that further clear the way for first deliveries of the vehicle, which are now slated for late next year.

The exemptions are aimed specifically at this kind of dual-use vehicle, which can drive legally on American roadways but also take off and fly under the FAA’s Light Sport Aircraft category. One allows the Transition to trade in standard automotive safety glass for lightweight polycarbonate windows. The other allows it to run on tires usually not allowed on multi-purpose vehicles.


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Comment by Ed Price
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Think about this now. Do you as a citizen want a bunch of flying cars, some of them vertical take-off vehicles, flying around over your house and over your city? Airplanes crash once in awhile. Even helicopters do. But what if half the population has one of these new flying things parked in their garage?

Think of the Government regulation! Think of the general freedoms you will lose... mostly because you don't know how to fight City Hall and win. Are the people and Government really going to let these flying car things become a reality?

The best bet is for the company to go somewhere outside of the country for development. They should go somewhere near the ocean for testing. Wherever they go, the population should be almost non-existent... not because they want secrecy (which they might), but because they want obscurity... until the development is done.

Then, when they spring the already finished product on the people, lots of people will buy, before they realize what they are doing, and that they are asking for trouble from their neighbors and Government. But the company will make their money.