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Flying car will stretch its wings at NY International Auto Show

Los Angeles Times -- A flying car in New York City? Sounds like a good kids book premise to us, but this isn't fiction.

Terrafugia's Transition -- the world's first kinda practical flying car -- is coming to the New York International Auto Show April 6-15 at the Jacob Javitz Center.

Before you imagine Dumbo-like displays of aerial awesomeness (if only!), be forewarned that the Transition is not scheduled to do any flying at the show -- the Jacob Javitz Center may be big, but it's not that big.

There will, however, be video of the vehicle flying, as well as wing-folding demonstrations.

The Transition is set to hit the market at the end of 2012 and is scheduled to swoop in at a $279,000 price point, said Steve Moscaritolo, a spokesperson for Terrafugia.


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matman01
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 3:03:44 AM

So would you need a pilot's license or a driver's license to operate this?
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 10:55:59 AM

How much is aviation fuel nowadays?
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GreyWolf01
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 10:17:32 AM

And you thought tangling with a transport on your morning comute was bad.

Wait till you tangle with a Jumbo Jet.

BTW Since this is an aircraft and I have a pilots licence do I need to follow the posted speed limit on the roads.
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 9:30:38 AM

I want one!
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 7:27:46 AM

How many dozen do they expect to sell?
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 5:27:24 AM

More like driving airplane, not flying car.
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 6:51:39 PM

Problems:

- Initial cost puts this vehicle out of reach for most consumers.
- Needs a runway for takeoffs and landings--illegal to do this on public roads.
- Even a minor "fender-bender" will ground this thing and cost a lot to fix.
- Annual maintenance requirements are expensive.

Having said this, there will be those who are interested in the novelty of a "flying car" and will shrug off the cost of ownership.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 4:51:34 PM

This is something that most of us have thought about all of our lives. I'm curious to see the stats and more information. Nothing like a roadway in the skys... Wait, I think we already have that.
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Can you imagine the accidents?
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 12:14:56 PM

Wait'll everyone gets one of these babies.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 8:11:44 AM

Can it land/takeoff in your driveway? Or does your driveway have to be a half mile long?
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what is the mpg?
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Waste, no real benefit.
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 2:01:50 AM

Wow gee whiz Batman it is here!
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 1:40:01 AM

AWESOME. I'd buy one, except i am poor.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 11:22:16 PM

ok
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I want one! Now I just need the cash.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:48:26 PM

awesome! these will never be legal in California of course.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:43:33 PM

Prototypes have been around for decades.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:42:49 PM

I remember, it's called Chity Chity Bang Bang. Or something like that.
(Sorry, I just had to say that.)
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:36:36 PM

I have been waiting for a flying car for years.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:55:26 PM

seems to me like a Sci Fi movie :^)
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:39:07 PM

.
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Filler up with what gas or aviation fuel?
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Bad thing to sell now.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:30:15 PM

Flying cars, this will never happen

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And a human will never go faster than 25 MPH,

err I mean 50 MPH,

Whoops 250MPH,

Well, I really mean a person will never stand on the moon!

??????????????????

Oops, that all happened before 1970.

I wonder what will happen in 2020?!
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:29:49 PM

Interesting!
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:28:04 PM

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