Prototype flying car to be tested in Portsmouth, NH

he Transition, described as “an airplane that can be driven down the road and parked in your garage," will soon be tested at the Pease airport in Portsmouth.
Photo courtesy of Terrafugia and the Portsmouth Herald
he Transition, described as “an airplane that can be driven down the road and parked in your garage," will soon be tested at the Pease airport in Portsmouth.
Posted March 19, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
The Transition, described as “an airplane that can be driven down the road and parked in your garage," will soon be tested at the Pease airport in Portsmouth.
Photo courtesy of Terrafugia and the Portsmouth Herald
The Transition, described as “an airplane that can be driven down the road and parked in your garage," will soon be tested at the Pease airport in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Within the next week or so, a Massachusetts company will test a flying car at the Pease airport.

Terrafugia, which is based in Woburn, Mass., is coming to Pease to test modifications to the aileron system of the “Transition” vehicle, which company Chief Executive Officer Carl Dietrich describes as “an airplane that can be driven down the road and parked in your garage.”

Dietrich was not sure exactly when the test would take place at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, saying he preferred not to cite a specific day or time regardless.

“We do not announce those deployments to anyone beyond those who need to know because it is distracting to have other people around when the team is trying to get their work done,” he said.

This is another in a continuing series of test flights for the two-seater aircraft that started in March 2009. Other test sites have included the municipal airport in Lawrence, Mass., and the former U.S. Strategic Air Command base in Plattsburg, N.Y.

This is a first for a test at the Pease facility.

“Testing at Pease makes a lot of sense for us,” Dietrich said. “It’s a logical place for us to operate.”

To read the rest of this story, visit Seacoastonline.com.

 

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