September 11, 2006
Terrafugia shows Transition “Roadable Aircraft”
Cambridge, Massachusetts – Massachusetts-based Terrafugia has released details of its Transition, which it calls a “roadable aircraft”, at the AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The display included a 1/5th scale model of the Transition in a wind tunnel.
Designed primarily to be used as an airplane, and requiring a pilot’s license and airport for take-off and landing, the Transition can be driven to and from the airport and stored in a garage, once its wings are folded and it is switched to front-wheel drive. The wings fold and unfold at the touch of a button, without the pilot leaving the cockpit, and a clutch transfers engine power from the wheels to the propeller. The vehicle seats two people, as is permitted by Light Sport Aircraft regulations; the company says it will fit into any garage that will hold a Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. A prototype is expected in late 2008, with first deliveries to customers in late 2009; the expected price is US$148,000.