When was Terrafugia founded?
Terrafugia was incorporated in 2006 by five MIT graduates.
Where is Terrafugia located?
Terrafugia is based in Woburn, MA, and initial prototyping and production will be done on-site in our facility.
How is Terrafugia funded?
We are a privately funded company. For more information about investment opportunities with Terrafugia, please click here.
What is the Transition®?
The Transition® is the world’s first practical flying car. It is a folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft category airplane in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground. It runs on premium unleaded automotive gasoline, fits in a standard-construction single-car garage, and converts between flight and drive modes in under a minute. The Transition® will also incorporate autonomous flight technology which will further simplify flight operation and increase both safety and convenience.
How will the Transition® be certified?
Terrafugia’s Transition® is the only flying car in the world to have received all of the special legal considerations necessary to enter the U.S. market. Driving the Transition® will require a standard U.S. driver’s license, and flying the Transition® will require a Sport Pilot Certificate, which can be earned in as few as 20 hours of flight training. Eventually, with the incorporation of autonomous flight technologies, Terrafugia hopes to further reduce flight training time.
What is the development timeline for the Transition®?
The first Transition® proof of concept vehicle was flown and driven in 2009. Three years later, Terrafugia designed, built, and flew a redesigned second iteration of the vehicle. That prototype has logged over 100 flight hours and over 200 successful takeoffs and landings, including a public demonstration at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI in 2013. In 2016, the FAA approved Terrafugia’s request for a weight limit exemption for the Transition®, a crucial decision that will allow Terrafugia to bring the vehicle to market as a Light Sport Aircraft. The Transition® will enter production in three years with first delivery anticipated in 2019.
What is the TF-X™?
The TF-X™ is our vision for the future of personal transportation: an all-electric flying car with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities and computer controlled flight.
How will the TF-X™ be certified?
Existing standards do not contemplate a vehicle like the TF-X™, so we are working with regulators and the international standards community on the creation of new certification standards for the TF-X™. Flying the TF-X™ would ideally only require an operator’s certificate and type rating, as opposed to a traditional pilot’s license. The operator’s certificate could be earned in substantially less time than would be required for a traditional license. The specific requirements of this operator’s certificate will be determined in conjunction with the relevant regulatory bodies as we move closer to production of the TF-X™.
What is the development timeline for the TF-X™?
The TF-X™ program was announced in 2013 and is in the early R&D design stage. In parallel with TF-X™ R&D, Terrafugia is working with international ASTM committees to develop the standards to which the TF-X™ will be certified. Once the certification basis is determined, the program can be formally scoped and an estimated timeline can be determined.