Woburn Company Close To Selling Flying Car

By Anthony Silva, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 New England Business Editor

BOSTON (CBS) – The latest version of the flying car is another step closer to going on sale.

Terrafugia of Woburn says it’s prototype has completed its first test flight, flying for about eight minutes at 1,400 feet.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva reports

But Terrafugia vice president Richard Gersh says the car can fly much farther.

“It has a range of about 400 to 450 miles, which would take you somewhat in the order of three to three-and-a-half hours,” Gersh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Gersch says the Transition flying car will be formally introduced this week at the New York Auto Show and orders are piling up.

“We have approximately 100 orders on the books and we expect first delivery within the year,” he said.

The Transition has folding wings and seats two.

folded Woburn Company Close To Selling Flying Car

(Photo courtesy: Terrafugia-Facebook)

So, how do you drive or fly it?

“It drives just a like a car. It has a steering wheel, a gas pedal and a brake pedal. And, essentially, it has an automatic transmission. That’s when the wings would be folded up,” Gersh explained.

“When the wings are unfolded at your airport, it converts to flight mode, which disengages the road transmission and engages the propeller. And in that case, to fly the vehicle, you have a control stick, which, actually is located on the floor of the vehicle, kind of like a fighter pilot plane. And when you are flying the aircraft, you use the stick on the floor, but the wheel does remain attached, you just don’t’ have to use it in the air.”

The Transition does not come cheap.

It will sell for about $279,000.

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  1. 1stackmack says:

    people can’t seem to drive on the ground,nevermind flying around.also where in woburn is this company based.l’ve never heard of it until this thing was thought of years ago.

    1. DRT says:

      The government will regulate this, tax it, restrict its use everywhere. This will never see the light of day as a viable transportation method.

      1. TiredOfWiners says:

        ah yes… and the boogey man is hiding beneath your bed… don’t even bother getting out of bed in the morning because it’s too scary.. boo! At a price of 297,000 dollars, I don’t think many of us will be able to ever buy such a vehicle…

  2. Richard Chaney says:

    That thing will never be legal to drive on a road, plus it is a death trap.

    1. Zac says:

      It’s street legal

    2. George Bush says:

      Also looks like any crosswind would blow you right off a bridge.

  3. Uncle Obama says:

    Man I could really use one of these babies right now….no more DUI’s and you can forget about being found and deported!

    1. George Bush says:

      How are the crash test ratings? negative 5 stars? I dont’t even see a rear bumper.

  4. Matt Breweski says:

    http://mavericklsa.businesscatalyst.com/index.html

    A much cheaper flying car–a real flying car, compared to this airplane with folding wings.

    1. Johnny B. says:

      Dude, it’s a flying parachute attached to a dune buggy. Please.

      1. r says:

        Parachute gives good lift obviously, plus its technically safer, in case you have a malfunction, you don’t plummet to death.

  5. Bill Duke says:

    This isn’t the world’s first flying car. Not even close to it. Flying cars have been around for decades.

    1. Lee says:

      Right, Bill. The first to gain FAA certification was Molt Taylor’s design in the 1950’s. Taylor thought he was going to sell a lot of them, I think he may have built three. That tells you what the market really is. With a price tag of $279,000 they will never sell enough to recoup even a part of their decade long development costs.

  6. Patrick Henry says:

    Wow! I would definitely choose a Maverick, since it’s a real car. Cheaper too!

  7. Mikey says:

    That’s one hell of a blind spot you have there…

    BTW, what’s up with the gibberish posts from what is clearly a bot?

  8. David Larkin says:

    Definitely not the first flying car. Molt Taylor built one in the 50s or early 60s and Ford came pretty close to producing it, but concerns about liability made them come to their senses.
    Engineering compromises necessitated by the dual function mean that you end up with a very expensive contraption that is a poor airplane and a terrible car. I pity the poor souls who invested in that one!

  9. starlifter says:

    By far not the first, maybe the latest

    1. karl anglin says:

      THEJETSONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. B Gibby says:

    CBS should check its facts. This is far from being the world first flying car. I know of a least two others that were market failures.

  11. Jon says:

    Good stuff, but do a little research: this isn’t the world’s first flying car. It’s not even the worlds second flying car! Check out the Moller SkyCar, for one; it was produced over 50 years ago.

    1. FiMBrony says:

      Uh, the Moller SkyCar has never done a test flight. It showed flight potential in a hover test, but has undergone serious reworkings since. Also, I’ve read nothing about the Moller SkyCar actually aiming to be a street legal vehicle in addition to a flight vehicle, though I could be wrong on this as I haven’t researched their SkyCar too much. But their philsophy for a “flying car” is to have a plane that anyone who is able to drive can fly. So it’s a highly automated flight system that requires only two inputs from a user (left and right) as opposed to Woburn’s flying car that is being designed to be street legal and also flown in the same manner that you fly an airplane (joystick with multidirectional input).

      Regardless of Moller’s vision, Woburn beat them to having the first flying car with a proven model. Remember that many others had airplanes before the Wright Brothers, but they couldn’t sustain flight.

  12. S says:

    Not the first by a long shot. Google “Taylor Aerocar” or “Waterman Arrowbile”. Almost a century late to the party.

    1. Tex says:

      The late Bruce Hallock built and flew a tailless, folding-wing design he called his “Roadwing.” He flew it numerous times, and his family still has the prototype in a garage in Austin.

  13. TickerTacker says:

    A pointless plane, costing $100k+ more than the flying competition and rewarding that differential with a horrendously awful driving experience, for sure. Utterly pointless. 100 orders on the books, is that 100 orders or “100 deposits”, because there’s a huge difference.

    1. Jerky Miester says:

      Thanks Greg. Stole my thunder. This is the age of “no source” journalism. If someone claims it … it must be true.

      1. Mike-N-TN says:

        I owned a flying car back in 1987. It was a Dodge Colt. I only flew it once. It was quite unexpected and the landing nearly killed me. But hey… no one can argue that I didn’t fly that puppy!

  14. Archer says:

    @Jon, Moller has been trying to build his SkyCars since the 1970s and he has yet to fly one with a passenger. If I didn’t know better I’d say he’s a scam artist.

    That said, the Taylor Aerocar flew decades ago. The problem with flying cars is that they’re not very good as a car, and they’re not all that good at being an airplane either.

  15. Mrs McGinty says:

    They told us in the 60s we’d all have “flying cars and space craft’ by 2000. I mean, they had shows on TV like the “Jetsons” and it was just a matter of scientists making it happen for real…

  16. ginamusic says:

    The FIRST Flying Car was actually in the early 70’s, and was nicknamed “the flying pinto.” The inventor died in 1973 during a routine flight, and so ended that prototype. However, other people did try to imitate it and eventually failed to get it going commercially. The headline is very inaccurate, as is most news storys today.

  17. Curmudgeon10 says:

    Why is this being featured as the “world’s first flying car?” There have been flying cars dating back to the fifties.

    The reporter must be 18 years old.

  18. travis says:

    That is not a flying car. It’s a roadworthy airplane. A flying car will not have wings and you won’t need a pilot’s license to navigate one. This is more media hype about nothing more than a rich man’s hobby.

    1. 1stackmack says:

      remember the amphicar.it was a slow underpowered car,and an even slower more underpowered as a boat.but it was different.

  19. Jerky Miester says:

    In defense of Terrafugia, the company never claims to be the first flying car. CBS just pulled that one out of their azz. They’re giving NBC a run for the “sleaziest” news organization of the planet!

    http://www.terrafugia.com/news_media.html

  20. ginamusic says:

    Oh, yeah, forgot about the aerocar! ( I knew there was one in WA state but, couldn’ t remember when it was.Thanks for the reminder!

  21. Mark says:

    “First flying car” That is an out and our lie. When I was a child in the 1960s I used to see flying cars overhead quite frequently. The author of his piece is nuts.

  22. Norman says:

    If it flies then it is NOT a car. It’s an aricraft. Do we call the planes that can land and maneuver on the water boats?

  23. Norman says:

    If it flies then it is NOT a car. It’s an aircraft. Do we call the planes that can land and maneuver on the water boats?

      1. Jimmy says:

        Bazinga!

  24. Doug says:

    This is not the first flying car. They had one in the 1950s. The idea is as stupid now as it was then, and I’m sure it will be equally unsuccessful.

  25. Flyboy says:

    I’ve never landed my airplane at an airport that doesn’t rent cars, even the small airports. What happens to those wings when they’re hit by a shopping cart in the parking lot of the Walmart?

  26. chuckb says:

    It is not the first. There have been several, but the most sucessful was the Aerocar, The first available was in 1949. One is still flying.

    1. frequent flyer says:

      And the Aerocar is for sale from Courtesy Aircraft in Rockford, Illinois for $1,250,000.

      Actor Bob Cummins had an Aerocar, featured on his comedy TV show in the 50s.

      Another certified “flying car”–the Fulton Airphibian.

      They don’t make good cars, and they aren’t good airplanes, either! (LOL)

  27. jakee308 says:

    It’s not the first. I remember seeing Popular Mechanics articles on other “flying cars” that were built during the early 20th century. They’re NOT practical.

    Look at this ugly thing. cramped, awkward looking and has those wings to block anything right or left of you in traffic.

    Any hybrid is a compromise. Combining a land vehicle with a plane, the compromises are made on the vehicle side as the plane HAS TO FLY or your dead or the thing is pointless. That’s what they did here. Driving is an after thought in the design.

    This is a fold up PLANE that can drive itself around.

    Flooded with orders? 100? That’s first adopters and collectors looking to cash in on these things when they become obsolete and out of production in 2 years.

    Anti-gravity or duct fan lift is what were waiting for. That will take a lot of research and development and I don’t think the US has it any more.

    OH WELL. They promised us George Jefferson and now we can’t even get to low orbit.

    1. jakee308 says:

      OOPS that’s George JETSON.

  28. pg says:

    Ya, I get in a rear-ender in California and can not fly, do I now need to drive all the way to Boston to get it repaired? I would not trust the people on the road to drive something this expensive around. Wonder why the Youtube video did not show it taking off…still experimental?

  29. John Klunder says:

    You need to get your reporting factual. There have been several attempts at making AND SELLING (key) air cars. Do some research before you write or state facts.

  30. TickerTacker says:

    Author obviously did not even google “Flying car”, as a link near the top is to wiki with a brief history of flying cars including a pic to one from 1940. But as mentioned, they really are just silly planes that “kind of” drive.

  31. Alvar the Fool says:

    That’s one way to avoid boarder patrols.

  32. freecheese says:

    The headeline said that this is the “FIRST” flying car. I saw a documentry on Discovery that reported on a company that built a few back in the ’90s, including a test flight. The price tag was over a quarter million, and one HAS to have a pilot’s licence to fly one.
    They didn’t sell because of the high price and lack of interest
    IF every driver could buy a flying car, our back yards would full of crashed fllying Buicks with their left turn signals stuck.

  33. Daniel says:

    $279000? You can buy an LSA or even a decent used Cessna for that and pay for your flight ratings (and depending on the aircraft get IFR cert). Just as easy as buying a “flying car.” The reason aviation related accidents make such big news because it is the safest form of transportation. There are a lot of reguations in place to ensure safe airspace, and the training required by aviation professionals (and hobby pilots) is intense, expensive, and very good. I am a pilot, and I have my degree in aviation, and I have worked on military aircraft, so I know what goes into aircraft. A flying car for the general public (or anybody) is highly unrealistic.

  34. JAck says:

    woo hoo! Ill drive my $280,000 through traffic! POTHOLES, RR TRACKS, etc etc.

  35. Rick says:

    Those rear view mirrors have a great view of only the wing. No view aft at all.

    Count me not a fan.

  36. Phil says:

    Not the world’s first flying car. There are all kinds of videos out there about the first ones ever made.

  37. GFR says:

    You people are idiots. 1) Terrafugia claims to have made a: “Roadworthy aircraft”, not a: “Flying Car”. 2) The: “Flying cars” from the 50s and 60s had a huge problem – when they landed they had to take the wings off and leave them at the airport. This was difficult to do and it meant that you had to return to the same airport when you wanted to fly again. 3) I have been a private pilot for some time, and there have been plenty of times when I have gotten to a remote airport and there was no ground transportation available at all. This gets around that problem. 4) I have known people who got caught out by the weather, didn’t want to stay overnight in East Bum*uck, started back in minimal conditions and crashed. With this machine you have the option of driving home, or at least starting to drive home and then taking off enroute if things improve.

    I hope the terrafugia people make piles of money.

  38. John C says:

    “The world’s first flying car is another step closer to going on sale.”

    Hardly the world’s first flying car. The concept was first introduced in the 1930s with one or more famous being the Wagner FJ-V3 Aerocar, produced in 1965 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_car_(aircraft)#Historic_flying_cars_and_roadable_aircraft.

  39. Mike says:

    What good is it if you need an airport to land and takeoff? I can buy a used Cessna for much less! Don’t think this idea with the public will…take off.

  40. MarkJeff says:

    So it’s an small airplane that you can take home to your garage. Big Deal. FAA requirements, pilots license, taxes, fees, upkeep. And who will service it? Jiffy Lube? If you can’t take off and land on streets, what’s the point? Really?

  41. FireGuyFrank says:

    Remember, you need to have an EZ-Pass to pay tolls.

    You know MA will find a way to charge tolls.

  42. Al Hore says:

    How many MPG’s does this pig get?

  43. studakota says:

    They had these things in the fifties, didn’t” take off” then either.

  44. GPE says:

    You could buy a Mercedes 550CLS and a Cessna 310 and still have $80,000 for the flight instructions and a hanger. The flying car is nothing new with other attempts a total failure. Hope no tax payer money went into this pending liability nightmare.

    Students of the Kennedy School of Aviation will be the first wanker buyers. Too much money with too little brains.

  45. richdibar says:

    Comedian Lewis Black said it best, “we thought by the year 2000 we would all be flying around in jet powered cars, but instead what did we get? The PT Cruiser!!!”

  46. Pbridefun1 says:

    Awesome, and it’s cheaper than a Volt!

  47. dom27 says:

    COST,. SAFETY, FUGEDABOUDIT.. ..STILL 20 YEARS AWAY FLASH GORDON
    COULDN’T COME UP WITH ONE AND HE’S BEEN TRYING FOR 70 YEARS..
    COST SAFETY….

  48. Bob says:

    The problem isn’t the equipment it’s the fence around the airport through which the vehicle will not be allowed to pass. Tight security and all… don’t ya know.

    Bob in Lawrenceville, GA

  49. Bryan says:

    This is stupid. You still need a runway which means you need to go to the airport. How many times could I drive a car to the airport and fly commercial for $300,000? It’s not the flying car of the future until I can fly it out of my drive way and land it at the grocery store.

  50. JeffG says:

    The first commercial flying cars were built 62 years ago! This is far from being the first certified flying car. The first flying car was built in 1949 by Moulton B. Taylor, it was called the Aerocar. Taylor recieved his CAA certification for the flying car in 1956. The Aerocar was also patented in 1956. Several examples still currently exist and fly. I saw one at a vintage car show two years ago. The owner flew the car to the show and gave an exibition of what it can do. Here is a link about the Aerocar http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Aerocar.html .

  51. Henry says:

    Well it is NOT the worlds first flyinh car. Heathkit offered one in the 1940’s, and there were other one of designs as well. Also there is a Dutch firl making a smaller one, that is helicopter based car, 100 MPH on air or land that sells for about half of this one. The PAL is that model. As for the line, a used SEL plane (single engine land) can be as cheap as under $10k, and your used Yugo and for $12k you can have both. And as for users, PILOT LICENSE REQUIRED, and it would be operated under private pilot regs.

  52. Randy says:

    Another pilot (over 40 years and 10,000+ hours in my case) here.

    Let’s just concede that this is nowhere near the FIRST “flying car” or “roadworthy plane”. There have been many, many attempts to build such a device for at least 60 years. I still don’t see any flying — or driving down the highways. And I’ve never seen one at an airport — and I would really like to.

    But bad journalism aside, I suspect this one is going the same way as all the rest:
    1) – Who will FIX the things. Do we need an AIRCRAFT mechanic? Any old service station monkey (most of whom seem incapable of fixing AUTOMOBILES)? The owner in his driveway?
    2) – Who will INSURE the things? Are they insured as AUTOs? Or are they to be insured as airplanes?
    3) – What about that “fender bender” in the super market parking lot (OK! While driving home from the airport and you just need to stop and grab a few things!}?
    4) – If you lose your DRIVERs license, can you still fly it? Likewise, if you lose your PILOT’s license, can you still drive it?

    “Light sport aircraft” — and the amateur pilots who fly them — are really toys. And I won’t even mention the restrictions placed on them in terms of where they can fly. I’m expecting some NASCAR type trying to upgrade this thing with a muscle engine or other enhancement.

    We’ll see what happens when the first one crashes!!! And we all know one will. Likely soon after the first sale….

  53. boholdude says:

    Steps to using it:
    File a flight plan online and get it approved.
    Back it out of your oversized garage and drive it to the local private airport.
    Upon arrival, somehow convince security to allow it onto the aircraft tarmac.
    Contact ground control to announce your arrival, and get permission to taxi to runway.
    Take-off and fly to your airport of choice (must be within about 430 miles).
    Upon landing taxi off runway area and convert to car mode.
    Drive to some gate and somehow convince security to allow your vehicle to drive off the tarmac.

    Advantages:
    Skip waiting in line for baggage check-in.
    A 400 mile trip which would take 6 hours in a car would now only take 5 hours in your new flying car: 3.5 hours to fly, 30 min to taxi and take-off/land at both ends, 1 hour for security arrangements at both ends, 0:45 min to drive to/from the airport in car mode (airport diversion cost).

    Disadvantages:
    Delays due to unique security procedures. To comply with Homeland security and TSA requirements, all passengers, baggage, and the vehicle will be subject to extensive security searches. (the new security procedures, gates and personal must be paid for by the vehicle owners).
    At 279,000 baseline price, plus double the gas, and with insurance, maintenance, and taxes at probably 20x the car rate …means that trip costs $3.50/mile instead of 25 cents/mile.

    1. Randy says:

      Boho..,
      You’re obviously not a pilot.

      Don’t get me wrong; I think this is a rather unlikely idea. But SECURITY isn’t the problem.

      Today, I can drive my car through the gate at my “local private airport” and park right next to my hangar. Indeed, I usually leave the car IN the hangar when I fly. (The owner may have to “rent” a gate key or make some other arrangements since he’s not providing other revenue to the airport, but if these things became common, I suspect airports would make accomodation.

      Admittedly, I’ve never tried to taxi my plane off an airport I’ve visited, but I’ve also never been to an airport that wouldn’t open the gate if asked. (I can see a problem after dark or when the airport is unattaended.. Call ahead!)

      The TSA has nothing whatsoever to do with small private airports. There are some regulations concerning where small planes can FLY, but they apply to all airplanes, not just flying cars.

      I would point out that most of the airports where these things are likely to be operating don’t use radios.

  54. Lincoln Robertson says:

    It’s gotta bit of a blind spot over the driver’s shoulder, eh!

  55. San Diego Steve says:

    Lousy car. Lousy airplane.

  56. hankvreeland says:

    Where does CBS get its so called reporters from? First flying car my foot. I am eighty one years old and I can remember seeing a flying car on the RKO Pathe Newsreel back in the day when movie houses presented newsreels. No wonder CBS is going broke.

  57. JustAGuy says:

    But what if you live in Southern California and you pay the $279,000 for this flying car and as you’re on your way to the airport, you get hit by an uninsured illegal alien who gets out of his car and runs off? Then what?

  58. 1stackmack says:

    if you have a little under $300,000.and you want a vehicle that can land anywhere.l think a robinson R 22 helicopter is about that much.or a used jet ranger or a hughes 500.then rent a car.

  59. GPE says:

    Check out a Carter Copter. http://www.cartercopters.com/ The Carter Copter combined with a road worthy chassis, fold up wings and main rotor will blow away Tera Failure flying car. Check out the video – true zero roll take off thus no need for a long runway. Heck, the monied owner could take off and land in the front yard of the Southborough mansion.
    I saw one at OshKosh a few years ago. Superb concept indeed. Cruise speed in excess of 200mph!

  60. Patrick Duffy says:

    These would be common in society if not for goverment regulations. Flying car was invented decades ago idiots.

  61. Phenom says:

    You all need to check out the Pal-V flying car. Now THAT is a flying car that is quality made and could see some real life action. It had superior technology and as a car can go up to 112 mph!

    http://www.google.co.ve/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pal-v.com%2F&ei=Wch8T8GiBILt0gHBoI2SDA&usg=AFQjCNGcNCrQ-DukOP7djzFlWszodO_DKA

  62. Sheeple Herder says:

    It blows my mind how stupid the so called “Journalist’s” are today. There were no fewer than 2 different flying cars built in America in the 50’s and 60’s .

  63. Kevin says:

    Perfect if you don’t mind battleship-sized blind spots and driving so slowly around town that it’s like taxiing for 30 miles.

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