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Self-Flying Cars - Meet George Jetson Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Self-Flying Cars - Meet George Jetson

“Meet George Jetson; his boy, Elroy; daughter, Judy; Jane, his wife.” Those of us who remember “The Jetsons” have imagined the day when we can avoid crawling highway traffic by flying overhead in our very own flying car of the future.

Well, it’s here. In fact, it’s been here for decades. The Airphibian, an Aerobile and a Stout Skycar, all of which are flying automobiles, were invented years ago. Unfortunately, design problems have made the vehicles nearly unmarketable and relegated them to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Now Terrafugia, Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts may have mastered a marketable flying car. One version, the “Transition,” has performed well in years of flight testing and road testing. It is near Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval and is slated for sale in 2016 or 2017. A “steal” at $279,000, a Transition can be reserved for a $10,000 refundable deposit. Dozens of fellow Jetsons lovers have already paid deposits for their Transitions.

Ever onward and upward, Terrafugia is also working on a more advanced vehicle, the TF-X. The TF-X is a concept car designed to take off vertically, eliminating the need for airports. The TF-X will carry four people, cruise at 200 mph for at least 500-mile nonstop flights, fly to the destination entered in its navigation system by the driver and fit in a standard single-car garage. No pilot’s license will be required to operate the TF-X because it will fly itself. Terrafugia estimates that the TF-X will be fully developed in 8 – 12 years and its price “could be on-par with very high-end luxury cars of today.”

Despite the excitement generated by these flying cars, they have their detractors, who claim that existing flying cars neither perform well as airplanes nor as cars and that a consumer would be better off with a good plane and a good car.

Personally, I would love to eventually own the ultimate TF-X but the projected price concerns me. I’ll probably pick up a used Transition instead. Check it out here:

By Kathy Catanzarite

Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Staff Writer

Note from This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author,, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.

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