Finally, the flying car TF-X got its approval for test flights from the U.S Federal Aviation administration (FAA) this month. It is an unmanned aircraft patented in 2011 which will be a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) hybrid electric aircraft.
It does not require a runaway for take-off or landing because of its rotors like helicopters for lifting itself from the ground. It also has side-panel wings to glide through the air. TF-X is controlled by a computer and it doesn’t require anyone to pilot it. It has a top cruising speed of 200mph, and can fly around 500 miles at a time. It uses rechargeable batteries that can be charged by the engine, or at electric car charging points.
Although it has been allowed to fly on US airspace, the team must be in constant communication with FAA authorities.
Terrafugia, a U.S based creator who invented the flying car, says the data collected from the test results will help him and the team to work more on its design. It helps engineers to assess the hovering capabilities of the drone as well.
The miniature version, weighing about 50 pounds is now in testing stages.