A drive in the clouds: Flying cars could be in By Andrew Levy
skies in five years UK
It's a concept that’s been around for decades but never really seems to get off the ground. But aviation experts are now saying a flying car could be in regular use in the
within five year Nice wheels: The Terrafugia Transition sits in the driveway of a house... but it will still need to be washed every Sundayafter a model was formally approved by UK authorities. U.S.
The $250,000 (£155,000) Terrafugia Transition is a two-seater aircraft which has a top speed of115mph, a range of 500 miles on a tank of fuel and requires just 20 hours training to fly.
Pie in the sky: The idea of a flying car has finally got off the ground. Drivers will be able to lift off from almost any long straight road - traffic permitting
On the road: At the touch of a button it takes just 15 seconds for the wings to fold up automatically
Gas guzzler: Drivers can fill up on high-octane unleaded auto petrol for the flying car
The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed such backing meant it would be relatively easy to be granted clearance by the European Safety Agency, based in
Spokesman Jonathan Nicholson said: ‘Safety standards are very similar between there and the
The project, which began in 2006, appeared doomed as recently as last summer after expensive design changes costing £12 million were demanded.
High-fliers: More than 20 Britons have already declared an interest in the carbon-fibre vehicle
In the cockpit: The flying car has been tested by pilots and aviation experts believe the vehicle could be on the UK's roads in five years
But it was saved when the U.S military awarded a £40 million contract to develop a flying Humvee.Two prototypes are now nearly finished and few changes are expected to be needed before the final model is ready to roll off the production line next year.
One of the 100 customers who have already paid a $10,000 deposit is Sherry Grobstein, a software engineer from
Bouncing back: The project, which began in 2006, appeared doomed as recently as last summer after expensive design changes costing £12 million were demanded
Getting off the ground: The Transition, pictured with a chase aircraft, soaring through the skies