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'Flying car' to take to the skies at Wisconsin airshow

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 8, 2013 in Technology
Oshkosh - After a successful showing at a recent auto show, Terrafugia's "flying car" will make its debut at an airshow at the end of the month. While the car has previously been on display at the venue, this will be the first time the public gets to see it fly.
The concept of flying cars has steadily been introduced for a few years now. Once an idea of science fiction, the development of cars possessing the ability to sail through the air is rapidly coming to fruition. Later this month, on July 31, Terrafugia's "flying car" will show off its abilities at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisc., according to the Boston Herald.
The Massachusetts-based company will provide a 20-minute demo on both pavement and the skies.
To date only a select few have seen the car, dubbed the "Transition," in flying action.
"We’ve had the vehicle on display there [EAA] since 2006, and every year, people ask us when they can see it fly," said Richard Gersh, vice president of business development for Terrafugia, said about the annual event. "So we’re very excited about the chance to demonstrate before a very large and enthusiastic crowd."
Terrafugia was founded in 2006 and the group has been working to bring a flying car to mainstream reality. The Transition received clearance by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have 110 pounds over the normally allowed limit in 2010 to accommodate both driving and flying capabilities. Since then the project has continued to move forward, but has had some delays.
At this time, it's feasible the Transition may be available come 2015. Initially, it was supposed to be available 2012-13, but those delivery dates were postponed due to testing and the need to develop a new prototype.
To date, it is designed to run on premium unleaded fuel, a range of 410 miles (660 kilometers) with a 30 min. reserve and can carry 500 pounds. The company says it even fits in a garage.
If you want to buy one, it'll cost you $279,000. You can preorder with a $10,000 deposit.
"The 'flying car' has become a pop icon of the dream that never quite comes true. Until now. Terrafugia intends to be the company that catalyzes the creation of a flying car industry," says the company on its website.
The Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture is scheduled to take place July 29 - Aug. 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc.
Will flying cars become the norm anytime soon? At some point, it seems likely, although it seems perhaps autonomous cars may make it to market first.
It’s a plane. It’s a car. It’s at the New York auto show
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