First test run for world's first flying carIndia & World

April 04, 2012 03:43
First test run for world's first flying car

World’s first flying car named Transition makers Terrafugia released the video of its first test flight run over Plattsburgh, N.Y.

It is said to be first successful test where the flight consists of two-seat personal and it can be park in your garage, you can drive on the road and you can fill up at a gas station.

“This is a very exciting time for Terrafugia. We are on our way up -- literally and figuratively!” the LA Times quoted Carl Dietrich, the company's CEO and CTO, as saying.

Company officials said the Transition reached an altitude of 1,400 feet during its first test flight, and spent a total of eight minutes in the air.

In the video, Terrafugia’s chief test pilot, Phil Meteer, is seen pulling the Transition out of a garage, driving it around a suburban neighbourhood and then filling it up with fuel from a regular gas station.

When he gets to an airport, the car/plane’s wings automatically unfold. When the 'transition' is complete, Meteer completes a pre-flight check and then takes to the skies.

“It’s a remarkable vehicle both on the road and now in the air,” said Meteer in a statement.

“When I drove it into the shop, literally from the road through the garage door, I was amazed that I had just flown it in Plattsburgh a few days before,” he stated.

There are still six more phases of flight testing planned, but a spokesperson for Terrafugia said the company is still on track to deliver the plane by late 2012.

Anyone with a driver’s license can drive the Transition on the road, but potential pilots will need a light-sports-aircraft license.

The Transition has a 23-gallon gas tank. It gets about 35 mpg on the road and burns about five gallons of gas per hour when it is at cruising speed in the air.

Terrafugia said as of now they received nearly 100 orders for the Transition.

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