Flying cars have been the fantasy of futurologists for about as long as traditional cars have existed.
It looks like they might be one step closer to reality, as Terrafugia just received confirmation from the FAA that its Transition vehicle could be classified as a ‘light sport aircraft.’
This was important for the company, as the previous classification imposed a weight limit it could not achieve. The new classification means the flying car can now be legally certified.
The recertification was requested because the passenger safety requirements that need to be met by road-going cars pushed the vehicle’s weight too high. Terrafugia argued that the extra safety over other types of flying craft were a good thing, and the FAA agreed.
The American company has another vehicle, which is still at the prototype stage. The TF-X replaces the Transition’s wings with propellers that fold away once it’s on the ground. This allows for vertical takeoff, and removes the need for a runway, an important step for flying cars.
Terrafugia hopes to have the TF-X in production around 2025.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
June 27, 2016