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You underestimate the cashflow of idiots. Let's try some name association.

Britney Spears
Jessica Simpson
Donte Stallworth
Braylon Edwards
Homeless Bum

Which one, and there is only one, of those isn't a rich idiot?
Any idiot can obtain a driver's license. A Pilot's license is a whole other story.
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Some of you should do some research, there are some really cool things about this.

Yes, it's pretty much a Cessna in some ways:
1. You need a pilot's license.
2. You need a standard runway.
3. And you still need official clearance to take off.

BUT

It's different in a few key ways:
1. It's street legal.
2. It uses standard gasoline from a typical gas station for driving AND flight.
3. It still gets respectable fuel economy on the ground, something like 25 mpg ground, 20 mpg in the air.
4. You don't need to rent a hangar since it'll fit in your garage.


Now of COURSE there are drawbacks. It's only a two-seater, and it has a range of like 200 miles per flight max. But its target consumer are the type of people who already own their own planes, or those who were planning to, so it's actually a ridiculously reasonable price considering you save on hangar rental, fuel, and transportation (you can't just drive your Cessna down a highway). But these people already have the license, runway access, and know how to get clearance. It's a rather clever option to fill a niche.
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Originally Posted by SSJ3 Mario Brothers View Post
Some of you should do some research, there are some really cool things about this.

Yes, it's pretty much a Cessna in some ways:
1. You need a pilot's license.
2. You need a standard runway.
3. And you still need official clearance to take off.

BUT

It's different in a few key ways:
1. It's street legal.

You can have a nice middle of the road Cessna 172 4 seat airplane for much less than $50,000. With the money saved, buy a Lamborghini...or three.

2. It uses standard gasoline from a typical gas station for driving AND flight.

Read here

3. It still gets respectable fuel economy on the ground, something like 25 mpg ground, 20 mpg in the air.

There are way too many variables...winds aloft, distance traveled per hour aloft, etc. Realistically though, on a standard no wind day at a cruise speed of 130 miles per hour, you're going to be burning about 8 gallons per hour in a Cessna 172. If MPG is what you're looking for, it comes to about 16.

4. You don't need to rent a hangar since it'll fit in your garage.

Fair enough.

Now of COURSE there are drawbacks. It's only a two-seater, and it has a range of like 200 miles per flight max. But its target consumer are the type of people who already own their own planes, or those who were planning to, so it's actually a ridiculously reasonable price considering you save on hangar rental, fuel, and transportation (you can't just drive your Cessna down a highway). But these people already have the license, runway access, and know how to get clearance. It's a rather clever option to fill a niche.


Disagree. You can get so much more airplane with so much more utility for the money you're going to spend on a Terrafugia.

Cool idea, impossibly impractical.
    
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People can't even handle driving on a single plane... don't give them the z axis!!!!
With most 3D engines the Y axis is the vertical axis.
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Disagree. You can get so much more airplane with so much more utility for the money you're going to spend on a Terrafugia.

Cool idea, impossibly impractical.
Think about it this way (this is how they explained it in an interview i watched): Imagine you're taking a fairly distant trip in your plane. Halfway through, the weather gets bad. instead of a.) having to turn back, b.) taking the risk and going through the weather, or c.) having to go around the weather, you simply land at the nearest airport (He explained that there are a lot more small airports than people think, but seeing as you seem to be a pilot, you probably know this) and drive on a road until the weather passes and you find another airport.

Alot more convenient than what is available at the moment. Plus, at the end of the trip, you can just park it in your garage.

Also, the creator says it's not meant to be seen as a "flying car," but as a "roadable aircraft."
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post #26 of 37
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Originally Posted by Arbiter419 View Post
Disagree. You can get so much more airplane with so much more utility for the money you're going to spend on a Terrafugia.

Cool idea, impossibly impractical.
Good post, and for the mpg I was interpreting what I read on their site a week ago, I didn't feel like looking it up.

Of course it's impractical, but it's certainly cool as heck. And the price point is a good one, but it's also a little bit about convenience. You can land at an airport and drive away without having to rent a car. You can just park it anywhere, though obviously that'd be pretty uncomfortable with such a pricey vehicle. You can refuel your airplane without ever having to transport fuel.

I'm sure no one's debating though that it's only for those people with very large disposable incomes. But people pay a lot for "cool but impractical."


EDIT: Also what AllyOmega said exactly.
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Now i have been waiting for this for years. Big ticket item now but in 10 years its not unlikely to think this could be a reality for the lowly sum of 60k. I think there will be more infrastructure, automation, perhaps no need for a pilots licence.

Id buy it now if i could and just "wing it" so to say lol.......thats bad i know
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The only way I can ever see flying cars becoming main stream is if they can make it hover, it would make the parking and take off so much easier and convenient.
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post #29 of 37
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The only way I can ever see flying cars becoming main stream is if they can make it hover, it would make the parking and take off so much easier and convenient.
have to agree there, that is a must. If i had to resort to an airport to land i guess i could deal with that but for a mass majority of the peeps the hassle of it all makes hard to think this project will really "take off".
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so it's an airplane that can sometimes be used as a car that can fit in your garage. it's more of a driving plane than a flying car to me.
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