Terrafugia Transition Completes Phase 1 Flight Tests
Roadable aircraft prepares for Oshkosh
June 29, 2012 - Terrafugia reports its Transition roadable aircraft prototype has successfully completed Phase 1 flight testing at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, New York. Among the objective items accomplished were power-on and power-off handling, aircraft stability, engine cooling evaluation, and propeller setting optimization.
Five more test flights are in the works, but for now, the Transition will undergo drive testing to analyze suspension tuning, braking performance, and road handling.
"Our top priority this summer is flight and drive testing, in anticipation of certifying compliance with the light-sport aircraft (LSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards," said Terrafugia COO Anna Mracek Dietrich.
Terrafugia lists a 1,430-pound gross takeoff weight including a 460-pound useful load for the Transition. Top speed is 100 kts (115 mph), with 93 kts (105 mph) cruise and range of 425 nm. (See complete specifications.)
Terrafugia's AirVenture exhibit is at booth No. 23 in the main aircraft display area located directly west of Rockwell Collins Exhibit Hangar C.
The following video shows the Transition during Phase 1 flight testing.