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Cool Stuff

Article | Jun 15, 2015

SkyCruiser: New flying car concept can transform into helicopter in mid-air.

German firm readies flying car

Article | Apr 21, 2015

What the world needs is more flying cars, and the German firm Carplane based 130 miles west of Berlin intends to fill that need.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

Article | Jan 14, 2015

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

Terrafugia requests weight, stall speed increase

Article | Jan 07, 2015

Boston-based Terrafugia has asked the FAA for a weight increase to 1,800 pounds and a 9-knot increase in stall speed for its Transition flying car.

Maverick taking people where cars, planes normally can’t go

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Webster’s Dictionary defines “maverick” as a person who takes an independent stand. But it’s also the name of a two-person flying car that resembles a dune buggy in flight.

Terrafugia Transition flies for AirVenture spectators

Article | Jul 29, 2013

It didn’t do loops, rolls, or anything remotely aerobatic—but the Terrafugia Transition wowed afternoon airshow spectators at EAA AirVenture on July 29.

Plane Spotter: still every driver's dream

Article | Jul 24, 2013

The public seems just as beguiled as ever with the idea of a flying car.

Cool Stuff: Terrafugia begins studies on hybrid electric flying car able to take off, land vertically

Article | Jun 01, 2013

The Transition isn't yet certified as an airplane and automobile, but already its parent company, Terrafugia, Inc., is looking to the future.

Terrafugia vision: Takeoff, autoland in driveway

Article | May 07, 2013

It sounds like a scene from a sci-fi film: You pull your car out of the garage, unfold the electrically powered rotors, and lift off from the driveway.

10 aircraft milestones from 2012

Article | Dec 17, 2012

A flying car flew, a storied aircraft went diesel, and manufacturers in Austria and Brazil celebrated first flights of new airplanes: A number of milestones distinguished 2012 for general aviation as manufacturers strove to bring new products to market.

'Flying car' completes Phase 1 testing

Article | Jul 02, 2012

Test pilot Phil Meteer has put Terrafugia's Transition 'street-legal airplane' through the paces of Phase 1 flight testing, addressing such questions as, 'How do you land a car?'

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Gyro or fixed-wing? Flying cars progress in the Netherlands, U.S. If flying cars become a reality, drivers will have to become certificated pilots.

Drive it, fly it: 'Flying car' brings GA to auto show

Article | Apr 23, 2012

Attendees at the New York International Auto Show flocked to the Terrafugia exhibit five times a day to watch one of the show's most unusual automobiles stretch its wings.

Terrafugia flying car prototype takes flight

Article | Apr 02, 2012

A production prototype of the Terrafugia Transition flying car, a combination street-legal car and airplane, flew the traffic pattern at Plattsburg, N.Y., on March 23, the company announced on April 2. It marked the first time a Terrafugia prototype has flown around the traffic pattern.

Dream of driving airplanes is alive

Article | Mar 07, 2012

From Massachusetts to the Mojave Desert, and around the world, corporations and backyard builders are fine-tuning designs, hopeful of being the first to deliver a useful aircraft, in numbers, to home garages built for cars.

Aerocar: Keepers of the car

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2010

This story has been one year in the making, or I should say, unmaking. This is actually more of an excuse to my editor for never writing about the late Molton Taylor’s Aerocar in the fall of 2009.

Waypoints: From highway to airway

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines owns and flies (but does not drive) a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.

A Flying Car...Seriously

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Since the dawn of aviation, the idea of a "roadable" aircraft, or flying car, has captivated the imagination — intriguing futurists, inspiring dreamers, and spawning a multitude of whimsical and fictional creations — from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Blade Runner to The Jetsons. Beyond science fiction, the challenge of producing a real "dual use" vehicle has been more elusive, frustrating inventors and entrepreneurs over the years.

A Flying Car...Seriously

Article | Dec 01, 2006

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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Monster Garage star flies a sports car The Discovery Channel's Monster Garage television show is all about making ridiculously powerful one-of-a-kind machines in ridiculously short periods of time. In five days' time the show's star, Jesse James, and crew converted a donated $90,000 Panoz Esperante sports car built at the Panoz Automobile Company near Atlanta into a flying car and launched it on a 5-foot-high hop on February 25 at the Currituck County Airport not far from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.