Roadable aircraft: Terrafugia expands flying car vision to include VTOL

The maker of the Transition street-legal airplane is working on a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, called the TF-X.

Terrafugia Inc. (Woburn, Mass., USA), the developer of the composites-intensive Transition street-legal airplane, announced on May 6 its vision for the future 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 the state-of-the-art in intelligent systems, fly by wire controls, and currently available technology, Terrafugia says the TF-X will further increase the level of safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal aviation. "This is the right time for us to begin thinking about the future of the company beyond Transition development," says Terrafugia CEO/CTO 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. The Transition serves as a Proof of Process for TF-X development and commercialization through the many technical, regulatory and usage challenges it has overcome. 

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