Groundswell of sup­port for fly­ing car

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

WHEELS first re­ported about Ter­rafu­gia’s Tran­si­tion two years ago, and the group of en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents be­hind this fly­ing car have not been rest­ing on their lau­rels since.

Carl Di­et­rich, founder and CEO, last week thanked the public for the sup­port shown to help bring the Tran­si­tion to mar­ket as a Light Sport Air­craft ( LSA).

In an open let­ter Di­et­rich said if the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the U. S. agrees with the public sen­ti­ment, he was con­fi­dent many more peo­ple would be able “to ben­e­fit from the in­creased level of safety and con­ve­nience that only the Tran­si­tion can pro­vide”.

Ter­rafu­gia co- founder Sa­muel Sch­weighart said the fly­ing car could be ready by next year. The com­pany is based in Bos­ton, where read­ers of the Bos­ton

Busi­ness Jour­nal last year voted the Tran­si­tion their favourite tech devel­op­ment in 2014, ahead of um­brel­las and cup­cakes.

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The Tran­si­tion is not the world’s first fly­ing car, but with its au­to­mat­i­cally fold­ing wings, this one looks ready to go more maintstream than any of its clumsy pre­de­ces­sors.

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