Driven to Fly at Oshkosh! Terrafugia Transition to Fly at AirVenture 2013
Innovative light-sport roadable aircraft to fly just prior to July 31 night air show
(Photos courtesy of Terrafugia)
July 1, 2013 - The dream of travelers for more than a century - the innovative combination of a vehicle capable of being flown or driven - will be showcased at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, as the Terrafugia Transition will take to the sky on July 31.
The Transition, which has been displayed as a development prototype at Oshkosh for several years, is scheduled to fly and drive on Wednesday, July 31, at approximately 8 p.m., just prior to sunset and the Rockwell Collins Night Air Show. The Transition will also be on display at the Terrafugia exhibit throughout the rest of AirVenture week.
"EAA has watched and encouraged Terrafugia's efforts ever since it made its first appearance at Oshkosh in 2006," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. "To see the Transition take the next step and make its first flights before a large-scale public audience during AirVenture gives us a glimpse of what's possible in personal transportation. If it's aviation innovation, you'll see it at Oshkosh."
The Transition is a light-sport aircraft that brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation by combining driving and flying in one state-of-the-art vehicle. Glass cockpit avionics, carbon fiber construction, and innovative mechanisms make the Transition easy and fun to fly, drive, and convert. A steering wheel and gas and brake pedals on the ground make it familiar to drive while a stick and rudder pedals provide responsive control in flight.
"Oshkosh has always been the place where aviation innovation breakthroughs have been presented," said Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. "We have been consistently encouraged by AirVenture attendees when we have brought the Transition prototype to Oshkosh in past years. It was natural that when the time came to make flights before a large, public audience, joining with EAA at Oshkosh was a perfect fit."
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