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Old 03-20-2009, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Flying car: 30 mpg (US) on the highway, or 23 mpg (US) flying @ 100 knots

OK, so not only is it a flying/driving curiosity, but the efficiency specs also appear to be noteworthy (for an airplane).

I posted a previous article about a pilot who was pleased to get 20.7 mpg (US) in flight: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...mile-1095.html

But this one takes the cake from a "modding" perspective (via ABG):





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The company has already received 40 orders for the craft that is expected to sell for $194,000. Before you plunk down the refundable 10 grand to reserve your airframe, keep in mind you may have to wait a while before you can start getting 23 mpg at 100 mph. Terrafugia expects to deliver their first flying car sometime in 2010.
Web site: Terrafugia - Transition®, the Roadable Light Sport Aircraft : Home



Actual (brief) test flight:


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Old 03-20-2009, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Add wings to an Aptera and there you go.

Sounded a lot like my street.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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that is about the kind of mileage that my friends 4 seater Cessna gets, only it can't drive on the street, and it's real.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just what we need......"sky rage" instead of road rage. 100 knots = 115 mph....I'd hit it.
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Real as in "a real plane" or real as in "exists physically"?

This one exists - the top vid is just an animation, but the bottom vid was shot 2 weeks ago showing a test flight.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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There's a contest on to get 100 MPG at 100 MPH in a two-seat aircraft. Most contests have been for the best combination of speed, load, and economy, to attract more entries. This champion got 170 MPH and 48 MPG.
http://cafefoundation.org/v2/pdf2/WMEA.pdf

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