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The Flying Car - Converts From Automobile to Aircraft in 30 Seconds

Found on November 10, 2010 | Filed Under: Sky

Owning your own airplane is expensive enough, but where do you store it in between flights? Well, the cool new Flying Car is a street-legal automobile that fits in your garage, drives down the road and converts into a Light Sport aircraft in only 30 seconds. It even saves you the need to rent a car when you land at your destination.

This innovative, hybrid vehicle was designed by a team of MIT graduates to be driven to an airfield, where it can then deploy its self-locking foldable wings into place and takeoff down a 17' runway. In the air, it features a maximum airspeed of 115 mph powered by a 100 HP four-cylinder engine, a sophisticated modern avionics aid navigation from a touch-screen LCD, dual pedals, joystick, dual rudders, ailerons, and stabilator. On the road, it can reach speeds up to 65 mph and features a continuously variable transmission, rear-wheel drive, four DOT-approved tires with full road suspension, steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes. It's constructed from carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum and its 23-gallon gas tank provides a 425 nautical mile range (35 mpg on the road). Requires a Sport Pilot Certificate.

This may not be the zero-gravity, personal flying machine with laser blasters we've all dreamt of, but we're now one step getting closer. Too bad it can't land in the water like a sea plane and then convert into a speed boat too!

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Features

  • Converts from a street-legal automobile to a Light Sport aircraft in 30 seconds
  • Designed by a team of MIT graduates
  • 100 HP four-cylinder engine
  • Maximum airspeed of 115 mph
  • Continuously variable transmission, rear-wheel drive to above 65 mph on the road
  • When the wings are folded, the craft easily stores in a home's garage
  • Can be driven to one's preferred airfield on four DOT-approved tires with full road suspension
  • Electro-mechanical system is activated from inside the two-person cockpit to deploy the self-locking wings into place
  • Requires a 1,700' runway to take-off
  • Built to fly within VFR conditions
  • Three-bladed propeller
  • Sophisticated modern avionics aid navigation from a touch-screen LCD
  • Dual pedals and a joystick manage the craft's flight control surfaces
  • Steering wheel, accelerator, and brake control its road movement
  • 23-gallon gas tank provides a 425 nautical mile range (35 mpg on the road)
  • Carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum construction
  • Includes comprehensive familiarization with craft
  • Requires a Sport Pilot Certificate
  • Empty weight: 970 lbs
  • Size Car mode 6' 8" H x 7' 6" W x 19' 6" L
  • Size Aircraft mode 6' 6" H x 26' 6" W x 19' 9" L

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