Carl Dietrich

Carl Dietrich
Terrafugia’s CEO/CTO, Co-Founder, received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shortly after being selected as the 2006 winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Innovation. Carl was additionally recognized by the Aero/Astro Department at MIT as one of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. Carl has also been named as one of the Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2009. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen.

Where we are going, we don't need roads...

I am frequently asked about the need for our vehicles to drive on the road -- especially in the context of TF-X™ -- a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that can bring users much closer to their final destination by air.  Engineers are quick to identify that the added weight of a robust ground-drive system could translate to extra payload, extra range, or additional performance if we did not require the vehicle to drive.  Why then would we choose to incorporate a system that allows highway driving when the other capabilities of TF-X™ would seem to render driving obsolete?


The freedom of flight touches something inside all of us.  Terrafugia intends to bring that freedom to a much broader segment of humanity.  Our mission has inspired the creation of things we never dreamed would evolve from from this idea including an elementary school curriculum about flying cars and pieces of video poetry like Rise that do a better job of explaining the need for this new freedom than we ever could.  Enjoy!

Welcome to the new Terrafugia website!

We are excited to share our vision for the future of personal transportation with the world.  From the founding of Terrafugia back in 2006, our company has been dedicated to the creation of practical flying cars -- vehicles that will bring a new dimension of freedom to the world while simultaneously increasing the level of safety and convenience of personal transportation. This is not a short-term endeavor.  Changes in modes of transportation typically take decades to accomplish, and the movement of society into the air is expected to be similar.