The world's first flying car of the 21st century is ready for the road

Tired of getting stuck in traffic then better fly with light sport road-able aircraft, Transition, which can be transformed from a car to a plane in just 30 seconds. 

The flying car has been cleared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for use on roads and granted it special release as a road-able aircraft.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted a three-year hardship exemption that will allow the manufacturer to enter its planned 2012 production time frame. Previously, the company said deliveries of the Transition are scheduled to begin in late 2011.But, the company, after the approval, said the flying car will start shipping in 2012 and will be priced at around $250,000.

Extensive analysis and simulated crash testing are also being employed with industry partners to ensure that the Transition meets all other applicable crash safety standards. The NHTSA's exemptions allowed the road-able aircraft to use lightweight plastic windows and use a different type of tire than that used by other vehicles.

The Transition can fly at 115 mph and reach 65 mph on the road. On the ground, with its wings tucked up and in, it can fill up with auto gas at a normal filling station and it fits in any average-sized garage.

The Transition has a 26 feet wingspan and will retract and expand with only the push of a button. It has a range of nearly 500 miles. "A lot of people said they never thought it would fly. But we have a vehicle right here, right now that drives and flies, and converts between the two in 20 seconds," says Company CEO .

It has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration for flight as a "light sport aircraft". The NHTSA clearance finally made the flying car both air and road ready.



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