291 - The Flying Car!

It sounds like science fiction but before long Britain will have its first car-planes. American company Terrafugia has developed a new model which drives on the road with wings folded before opening them to take off as a light aircraft. The Terrafugia Transition has a top speed of 185 kmph in the air and can be parked in the garage at home. The Transition costs around $280,000 and the first deliveries are expected in 2012. The car-plane offers a unique opportunity to drive to the airport and take off in the same vehicle – and perhaps to avoid traffic jams...

(All accents are standard American)
We flew, yes!

(Control tower)
Go ahead, yes.

(Female voice)
We’ve always dreamed about having a flying car and here it is.

The idea of combining the automobile with the airplane is no longer a fantasy…

What did you think of that, huh?

(Male voice)
I’ve got to tell you something, that’s pretty cool!

Celebrated by news media around the world as the modern day flying car, the Transition represents a safer and more practical approach to personal air travel.

(Samuel Schweighart)
Aircraft have looked essentially the same for the past 50 years. Transition really is the next step in the evolution of aircraft.

(Carl Dietrich)
The transition can convert between flying and driving almost instantly; you just get in the cockpit, push a couple of buttons and the wings fold up.

Although it has been dubbed “a flying car,” the Transition is really an airplane that can legally and safely be driven on roads and highways and parked in your single car garage.

(Andrew Heafitz)
The Transition’s a really fun flying car to drive; it’s got a lot of power, it’s got a well-tuned suspension, it’s very responsive.

That was great!

(Phil Meteer)
The Transition flies like a really nice airplane. I’ve flown 20 to 30 different airplanes in my career and the Transition is by far the easiest airplane to land. It’s smooth, controllable and very stable.

(Male voice)
The Transition is designed to fly like any other like sport aircraft, but it provides a unique capability to land and continue your trip on the ground safely, no matter what the weather is like.

Pilots who get behind the controls for the first time will feel at ease in the Transition’s comfortable and user-friendly interior.

(Anna Mracek Dietrich)
The control panels are designed to be intuitive and easy to use, the touch screen interfaces. There’s also just one GPS navigation system that combines both your road maps and your aviation charts.

The Transition is fuelled by super unleaded gas, which is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than aviation fuel.