Facts About Flying Cars

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Facts About Flying Cars
A Sport Pilot license and driver’s license are required to operate Terrafugia’s Transition vehicle. (glider and aeroplane image by Joel Anderson from Fotolia.com)

Flying cars may soon be hitting our skies. Prototypes of several different flying cars currently exist and are scheduled on the market as early as 2011.

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Terrafugia: The Transition

The Transition is an aircraft/road vehicle in one, engineered by a group of MIT students. This flying car gets 35mpg on the road and burns 5 gph while cruising in the air. The Transition has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and is scheduled for official release in 2011 for an estimated purchase cost of £130,000 to £162,500.

Moller International: M400 Skycar

Moller International specialises in personal vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL). It created a dual-purpose M400 Skycar that has a 750-mile air/road range and is expected to get over 20 miles per gallon on gasoline. The M400 Skycar is currently awaiting approval from the FAA.

Moller International: Autovolantar

In the attempt to design a combination aircraft/road vehicle more closely related to the road than the sky, Moller International also mocked up a design for a flying car called the Autovolantar. The first model was based off the Ferrari 599 GTB. The unique feature of the Autovolantar is that it is designed to pop up and fly over traffic using integrated VTOL technology.

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