Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Flying Car

Unlike the others, it doesn't have a fixed wing. It's a flying parachute.

The Terrafugia Transition is a more traditional attempt at a flying car (in that it has fixed wings), but as for how useful it will be, that's debatable. Take a look at the performance numbers, and keep in mind that real-world numbers are always worse. The useful load is 460lbs. That is a zero-fuel number; when you fill the tanks, you're down to about 310lbs. Which means for most people, you either have to fly with less fuel to carry a passenger and your luggage (or you can fill the tanks and carry a very skinny passenger). At roughly $250,000, that's a shitload of money for a LSA. Most other LSAs are about half that, so you can buy a car to get to the airport, afford hangar rent for a lot of years and still have money left over to rent a car when you get to where you want to go.

And if you want an airplane that will honestly carry two people and their stuff, maybe three people, you can buy a new Cessna 172 for a bit more than a Terrafuga and have an airplane that is capable of flying IFR.


Nangleator said...

That thing would only weigh three times as much once it's made street legal.

We're going to have to wait for anti-gravity before we can have George Jetson flying cars.

Eck! said...

it's wishful thinking as the same physics that limit it and make it costly are still present now as 70 years ago.

Those that want to fly will look past the novelty. With Cessna selling the 162 (LSA version of the venerable 150)
with better number and lower cost which one sells, and succeeds.

I look at C150s, PA28, DC3, DC9 and 737 and the answer is the same, does the job for the most users at best cost to own and fly and shear numbers made prove it.

Car with wings, not so much.