Terrafugia acquired a license to fly its new Transition aircraft, designed as a flying car, from the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), is an important step on the path to the future of flying ground vehicles.
The current license relates to the model of aircraft intended for flying in the air only, while the model that combines walking on the ground and flying in the air for another year at least, will need to pass the requirements for obtaining a work permit, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
The company stated that flying its hybrid vehicle will require that its captain have two licenses, one for driving vehicles on the ground, and the other for flying sports planes.
In an official statement, she pointed out that the conversion process between walking her vehicle on the ground and flying by air will take one minute, whether in take-off or landing, and that will be available on highways and small airports.
The “Transition” hybrid vehicle operates with a 100-horsepower fuel engine, and has a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour, with the ability to fly 400 miles with a fuel-filled engine, at a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet from the surface of the earth.
The vehicle relies on a hybrid engine that runs on electricity and fuel to run on the ground, while in the air it relies on another engine that works with either 100LL jet fuel or premium fuel.
The vehicle is equipped with four wheels that operate with a hydraulic brake system, and rely on a carbon fiber safety structure, and an emergency safety canopy.