The Transition is the transportation of the future, today. A street-legal airplane that converts between flying and driving modes in under a minute, it brings a new level of freedom, flexibi lity, and fun to personal aviation.
Glass cockpit avionics, carbon fibre construction, and innovative mechanisms make the Transition easy and fun to fly, drive, and convert. A steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals on the ground make it familiar to drive, while a stick and rudder pedals provide responsive control in flight.
By being able to land and drive, not only is the ‘last mile’ problem solved, but inclement weather will no longer stop your trip. Running on premium, unleaded automotive gasoline, the same engine powers the propeller in flight, or the rear wheels on the ground. Converting between flight and drive modes is comparable to putting down the top on your convertible, and you can keep the Transition at home in the garage.
The Transition can fly in and out of over 5,000 public airports in the US, and is legal to drive on public roads and highways. It is the only light aircraft designed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and it is also equipped with a full-vehicle parachute for additional safety. Terrafugia is in the advanced stages of testing the Transition in preparation for early production.
Terrafugia, the developer of the Transition, has a vision for the future; one of personal transportation. Building on its experience with the Transition program, Terrafugia has begun feasibility studies of a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, the TF-X.
Incorporating state-of-the-art intelligence systems, fly-by-wire controls, and currently available technology, the TF-X will further increase the level of safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal aviation.
The TF-X provides VTOL capability with highly reliable electric motors and custom-made rotors to get you closer to your destination. The TF-X gets its power in forward flight from a powerful turbine engine; it seats four and drives like a normal car that is fully street legal.
“This is the right time for us to begin thinking about the future of the company beyond Transition development,” says Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich. “We are passionate about continuing to lead the creation of a flying car industry and are dedicating resources to lay the foundations for our vision of personal transportation.”
Terrafugia’s design team is excited to be looking ahead to TF-X development activities as the Transition program shifts from research and development to certification, production, and customer support activities.
By directly addressing congestion and other transportation challenges currently being faced internationally, widespread adoption of vehicles like the Transition and TF-X could result in significant economic benefits and personal time savings.