The Transition can reach around 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air. It flies using a 23-gallon tank of automotive fuel and burns 5
gallons per hour in the air.
The roadable aircraft won federal approval last month and reached an altitude of 1,800 feet in a test flight.It gets 35 miles per gallon on the road
and about 20 in the air.Owners will have to take 20 hours of flight training to pilot it.
The sky is the limit for the winged-wheels’ potential market, said Gersh. About 100 customers have already plunked down $10,000 deposits to own the
first one on their block.
Besides having little room for luggage, the other drawback is that drivers have to take off and land from an airport – unless they’re in Alaska or
Montana, where pilots are allowed to use roadways as runways.
Terrafugia, formed in 2006, has about two dozen employees, mostly engineers and technicians. The company is also helping the government develop a
flying Humvee for the Marine Corps.Gersh said the flying car gets more attention on the highway than a Maserati.