Tom Haines

Roadable airplane, part deux

November 7, 2008 by Thomas B. Haines, Editor in Chief

Given the amount of comments to my blog posting on the Terrafugia Transition roadable airplane a few weeks ago, pilots don’t lack for opinions about the project.

I met with Terrafugia CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich at AOPA Expo to learn more about the project. See the story on AOPA Online. Addressing a common thread among the 77 comments to the previous blog posting, Dietrich asserts that the Transition is not meant to be a replacement for a car, but is instead an airplane that can be used on the road. It is a vehicle meant for pilots and not something designed to allow every Pontiac driver to take to the air. It will have a steering wheel for ground operations and a stick for controlling the vehicle in flight.

Dietrich, obviously passionate about the project that he started with three partners, believes the airplane will fly in a few weeks, possibly in early December.

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14 Responses to “Roadable airplane, part deux”

  1. James McCausland Says:

    I’m waiting for either the car or the motorcycle!

  2. Jim Says:

    I’m interested in following the motorcycle airplane, looks pretty interesting.. What will be required by the FAA and DMV?

  3. Charlie Lang Says:

    Please keep me posted on both car & “bike” planes– Thanks– ckl

  4. Quinton Harris Says:

    Please keep me posted on both car & “bike” planes

  5. JP Says:

    WHAT IS THE RANGE ON BIKE KEEP POSTED

  6. K.Dockery Says:

    I Like the bike. Can it be changed into fly mode while rolling down the road….or vise versa. Keep me posted….

  7. DALE Says:

    WILL THERE BE A CAR VERSION OF THIS? SANS WINGS AND ETC.
    KEEP ME POSTED.

  8. GREGGORY Says:

    I am interest! I am 6’1″ and would be interest in cockpit dimensions. Keep me posted as to the progress and if the cockpit fits me, I would be interested in being one of the first to own, drive and fly it.

  9. Tom Lagermann Says:

    Plese keep me posted on the car and the bike. I find them both very interesting. – thanks

  10. Phil Says:

    I wouldn’t fly the trike untill they put a RUDDER on it!

  11. bruce c oliver Says:

    please kep me posted on car and motorcycle

  12. Adam Says:

    Wolff AeroCycle received patent allowance this week.

    This is a significant milestone that will allow us to continue to develop the prototype.

    -Adam

  13. Linda Says:

    I’m a long time mcycle rider and private pilot. These developments are not only practical but extremely romantic. Would a driver’s license with mcycle endorsement and a private pilot ticket be sufficient to drive/fly one of these?

  14. Grace Says:

    “Roadable plane?!” It’s absolutely awsome! Please keep me posted on it’s progress on testing.

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