TAILHOOK

Ready for Take­off

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Ter­rafu­gia, the air­craft startup that cap­tured the fly­ing com­mu­nity’s at­ten­tion more than a decade ago, is now ac­cept­ing let­ters of in­tent for early adopter de­liv­ery po­si­tions start­ing in 2019.

The com­pany’s first fly­ing ve­hi­cle is named Tran­si­tion. The two-seater will make pos­si­ble the dream of so many who wish to “han­gar” their air­craft at home and drive to the air­port when ready to fly. A res­i­dent of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia could drive on city streets to a lo­cal air­port like Fuller­ton, take off in min­utes, fly 100 mph over the desert, land at Las Ve­gas Mu­nic­i­pal (KLVS) and valet at a Strip casino.

The Tran­si­tion will be ca­pa­ble of trips of up to 400 miles, trav­el­ing at 100 mph with 380 lbs to be split be­tween oc­cu­pants and pay­load. In the air, propul­sion will come from a 100hp Ro­tax 912iS fu­eled by pre­mium auto gas while the glass avion­ics will come from Dynon. On the ground, the Tran­si­tion will be pow­ered by a hy­dro­elec­tric mo­tor. If a pi­lot or pas­sen­ger should fear the worst, a built-in para­chute from BRS will gen­tly bring the Tran­si­tion down as so many Cir­rus own­ers have shown is pos­si­ble.

To tran­si­tion from driv­ing to flight, the Tran­si­tion’s wings will ex­tend with the push of a sin­gle but­ton. The re­sult is a cute low-wing air­craft, some­thing akin to a Piper Chero­kee. Sim­i­larly, a sin­gle but­ton push will re­tract the wings along­side the air­craft, sim­i­lar to how a bird tucks in its wings.

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